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The Coming of the Book: The Impact of Printing, 1450-1800 (Verso World History Series) Paperback – August 2, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-1844676330 ISBN-10: 1844676331 Edition: Third Edition

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  • Series: Verso World History Series
  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Verso; Third Edition edition (August 2, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844676331
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844676330
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #625,172 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“It is one of the most exciting scholarly books ever written on printing ... This book is serious work—marvelously rich and stimulating.”—Hugh Trevor-Roper, Sunday Times

“It ranks easily among the most consequential works of recent French scholarship.”—Times Literary Supplement

About the Author

Lucien Febvre, who died in 1956, was cofounder of the influential journal Annales, and is widely recognized as one of the foremost historians of the twentieth century. His other books include A Geographical Introduction to History, The Problem of Unbelief in the Sixteenth Century: The Religion of Rabelais and Life in Renaissance France.

Henri-Jean Martin was a distinguished historian of the development of early printing. His other publications include The French Book: Religion, Absolutism and Readership, 1585–1715 and The History and Power of Writing.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Edward on September 18, 2011
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This is one of my favorite books that explores the early history of the book in Europe. It is a bit Franco-centric, probably because the author is French, but nonetheless it is a wealth of information about incunabula, featuring interesting details and stories about the subject. I highly recommend it if you are a bibliophile.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Armando Fox on May 15, 2014
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This book doesn't pretend to be other than what it is: a scholarly treatise on the impact of the whole printing ecosystem on universities, booksellers, venture capitalists (such as they were), governments, and the common man.

As an academic myself, I'm ashamed that some of us seem to have the disease of writing in a way designed to make other people think we are clever, rather than designed to be readable. While many scholarly books suffer from that disease and are dense and musty to read, filled with overblown academic prose, this one is highly readable, even (especially?) in translation.

This is a niche subject and this book has a niche audience -- people fascinated not only with how the spread of books influenced the spread of ideas, but how the technological and economic systems around printing affected almost every stratum of society. If you're part of that niche, you'll enjoy it. I wish it were available in Kindle form.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Richard Gibson on February 20, 2013
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A thorough documentary of the ins and outs of the beginning of the book I was hoping for something with more of the 'why and what happened' nature. The book remains very readable and pertinent despite being written some time ago. However as a history buff I was hoping for more about the very beginning of the printing press which the author admits is very thinly documented. The printing press changed the world as the internet is doing today. It must have generated strong emotions on both sides of the issue of granting literacy to the world. I'm still looking.
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