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Enlightenment and the Book : Scottish Authors and Their Publishers in Eighteenth-Century Britain, Ireland, and America.

Author: Richard B Sher
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2008.
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The late eighteenth century witnessed an explosion of intellectual activity in Scotland by such luminaries as David Hume, Adam Smith, Hugh Blair, William Robertson, Adam Ferguson, James Boswell, and Robert Burns. And the books written by these seminal thinkers made a significant mark during their time in almost every field of polite literature and higher learning throughout Britain, Europe, and the Americas. In this  Read more...
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Sher, Richard B.
Enlightenment and the Book : Scottish Authors and Their Publishers in Eighteenth-Century Britain, Ireland, and America.
Chicago : University of Chicago Press, ©2008
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Richard B Sher
ISBN: 9780226752549 0226752542
OCLC Number: 1055417122
Description: 1 online resource (842 pages)
Contents: List of Illustrations; Abbreviations; Preface; Author's Note; Introduction; Toward a Book History of the Scottish Enlightenment; Designs and Disclaimers; Part I. Scottish Authors in a World of Books; 1. Composing the Scottish Enlightenment; Progress through Print; Building a Database of Scottish Enlightenment Authors and Books; 2. Identity and Diversity among Scottish Authors; The Social Contexts of Authorship; Unity and Representation; 3. The Rewards of Authorship; Patrons, Publishers, and Places; Copy Money and Its Uses. Part II. Publishing the Scottish Enlightenment in London and Edinburgh4. Forging the London- Edinburgh Publishing Axis; The Framework of Collaborative Publishing; The Founding Publishers and Their Firms; 5. The Heyday of Scottish Enlightenment Publishing; The House of Strahan and Cadell; Successors and Rivals; 6. The Achievement of William Creech; The Career of a Bookseller; The Reputation of a Bookseller; Part III. Reprinting the Scottish Enlightenment in Dublin and Philadelphia; 7. The Rise and Fall of Irish Reprinting; Publishers or Pirates?; In the Company of Dublin Booksellers. 8. Making Scottish Books in America, 1770- 1784The Scottish Enlightenment and the American Book Trade; The Emergence of Scottish Enlightenment Reprinting in America; 9. "A More Extensive Diffusion of Useful Knowledge": Philadelphia, 1784- 1800; Atlantic Crossings: Carey, Dobson, Young, and Campbell; Immigrant Booksellers and Scotch Learning; Conclusion; The Disintegration of the London- Edinburgh Publishing Axis; The Pattern of Scottish Enlightenment Book History; Appendix: Tables; 1. Scottish Enlightenment Authors, 1746- 1800. 2. British, Irish, and American First Editions of Scottish Enlightenment Books, 1746- 1800Index of Publishers in Table 2; 3. Subjects and Formats of First British Editions of Scottish Enlightenment Books; 4. Popularity of British Editions of Scottish Enlightenment Books; 5. Principal Publishers of New Scottish Enlightenment Books; 6. Principal Publishers of Dublin First Editions of Scottish Enlightenment Books; 7. Printing Account of Thomas Cadell, Sr., in the Strahan Archive,1793- 1798; Bibliography; Index.
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The late eighteenth century witnessed an explosion of intellectual activity in Scotland by such luminaries as David Hume, Adam Smith, Hugh Blair, William Robertson, Adam Ferguson, James Boswell, and Robert Burns. And the books written by these seminal thinkers made a significant mark during their time in almost every field of polite literature and higher learning throughout Britain, Europe, and the Americas. In this magisterial history, Richard B. Sher breaks new ground for our understanding of the Enlightenment and the forgotten role of publishing during that period. The Enli.

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