A History of the Book in America: Volume 1, The Colonial Book in the Atlantic World

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Hugh Amory, David D. Hall
Cambridge University Press, 2000 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 638 pages
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A History of the Book in America is a five-volume, interdisciplinary series that offers a collaborative history of the book in American culture from the earliest days of European settlement to our own days. Its creation is a principal activity of the American Antiquarian Society. Volume 1, The Colonial Book in the Atlantic World is organized around three major themes: the persisting colonial relationship between European settlements and the Old World; the gradual emergence of a pluralistic book trade that differentiated printers from booksellers; and the transition from a "culture of the Word" to the culture of republicanism. The volume will also describe nascent forms of literary and learned culture (including the circulation of manuscripts), literacy and censorship, orality, and the efforts by Europeans to introduce written literary to Native Americans and African Americans.

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Contents

Reinventing the Colonial Book
26
The Chesapeake in the Seventeenth Century
55
Printing and Bookselling in New England 16381713
83
Readers and Writers in Early New England
117
The Atlantic World
152
The Importation of Books in the Eighteenth Century
183
CHAPTER
199
The Southern Book Trade in the Eighteenth Century
224
Periodicals and Politics
347
CHAPTER
377
Modalities of Reading
404
EighteenthCentury Literary Culture
434
Afterword
477
A Note on Statistics
504
A Note on Popular and Durable Authors and Titles
519
Index
619

The Middle Colonies 17201790
247
CHAPTER
314

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