Title: Revolution and the Antiquarian Book: ...
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Binding: Soft cover
Book Condition: New
Examines the late eighteenth-century preoccupation with the acquisition of old books, and the new historical discipline created by traders. Num Pages: 330 pages, black & white illustrations. BIC Classification: 1D; 3JF; DSBD; HBTB. Category: (P) Professional & Vocational. Dimension: 245 x 172 x 21. Weight in Grams: 574. . 2014. Reprint. Paperback. . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory # V9781107687837
Synopsis: At the end of the eighteenth century, noblemen and revolutionaries spent extravagant sums of money or precious military resources competing to acquire old books, which until then had often been regarded as worthless. These books, called incunabula, achieved cultural and political importance as luxury commodities and as tools for mastering a controversial past. Men of different classes met in a new, shared marketplace, creating a competition for social authority, as books were no longer seen merely as sources of textual information but as a way of controlling the past in the service of contemporary concerns. The old books themselves were often changed to meet new expectations of what important historic objects should be. Focusing on Paris and London, but taking a resolutely pan-European view, this book examines the emergence of this commodity and of a new historical discipline created by traders and craftsmen.
Book Description: At the end of the eighteenth century extravagant sums of money were spent on the acquisition of old books. Focusing on Paris and London, but taking a pan-European view, this book examines the emergence of this commodity and of a new historical discipline created by traders and craftsmen.
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