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A potencie of life : books in society : the Clark lectures, 1986-1987
Barker, Nicolas.
Publication Information:
London : British Library ; New Castle, DE : Oak Knoll Press, [2001]

Physical Description:
vi, 206 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
General Note:
Based on lectures given at the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, UCLA.

Originally published: London : British Library, 1993.
Introduction -- A new model for the study of the book -- The commercial production of manuscript books in late-thirteenth and early-fourteenth-century Paris -- The codex in the fifteenth century : manuscript and print -- American papermakers and the panic of 1819 -- Bookbinding and the history of books -- The "trade of authorship" in eighteenth-century Britain -- Mount and Page : publishers of eighteenth-century maritime books -- Libraries and the mind of man -- Appendix -- Index.
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The wide range of topics covered in this volume relate to manuscripts as well as the printed book. Essays cover papermaking in America, hand bookbinding, authorship and maritime publishing in 18th-century Britain. But it is the process of interdependent exchange between author, publisher and reader that is the central theme to the essays which are based on lectures given at the William Andrews Clark Library.

Table of Contents

Nicolas BarkerThomas R. Adams and Nicolas BarkerR. H. and M. A. RouseLotte HellingaJohn BidwellMirjam M. FootW. B. CarnochanThomas R. AdamsNicolas Barker
Introductionp. 1
A New Model for the Study of the Bookp. 5
The Commercial Production of Manuscript Books in late-thirteenth-and early-fourteenth-century Parisp. 45
The Codex in the fifteenth century: Manuscript and Printp. 63
American Papermakers and the Panic of 1819p. 89
Bookbinding and the History of Booksp. 113
The 'Trade of Authorship' in eighteenth-century Britainp. 127
Mount and Page: Publishers of eighteenth-century Maritime Booksp. 145
Libraries and the Mind of Manp. 179
Appendix Intentionality and Reception Theoryp. 195
Indexp. 203