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Joseph A. Dane’s What Is a Book? is an introduction to the study of books produced during the period of the hand press, dating from around 1450 through 1800. Using his own bibliographic interests as a guide, Dane selects illustrative examples primarily from fifteenth-century books, books of particular interest to students of English literature, and books central to the development of Anglo-American bibliography. Part I of What Is a Book? covers the basic procedures of printing and the parts of the physical book—size, paper, type, illustration; Part II treats the history of book-copies—from cataloging conventions and provenance to electronic media and their implications for the study of books.

Dane begins with the central distinction between a "book-copy"—the particular, individual, physical book—and a “book”—the abstract category that organizes these copies into editions, whereby each copy is interchangeable with any other. Among other issues, Dane addresses such basic questions as: How do students, bibliographers, and collectors discuss these things? And when is it legitimate to generalize on the basis of particular examples? Dane considers each issue in terms of a practical example or question a reader might confront: How do you identify books on the basis of typography? What is the status of paper evidence? How are the various elements on the page defined? What are the implications of the images available in an online database? And, significantly, how does a scholar’s personal experience with books challenge or conform to the standard language of book history and bibliography?

Dane's accessible and lively tour of the field is a useful guide for all students of book history, from the beginner to the specialist.


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Date de parution 31 octobre 2020
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EAN13 9780268201432
Langue English
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What Is a Book?
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The Study of Early Printed Books
University of Notre Dame Press
Notre Dame, Indiana
Copyright ©by the University of Notre DameNotre Dame, Indiana www.undpress.nd.edu
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Published in the United States of America
This ebookhas been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for theHumanities: Exploring the human endeavor. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this bookdo not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Dane, Joseph A. What is a book? : the study of early printed books / Joseph A. Dane. pages cm Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN-13: 978-0-268-02609-7 (pbk.) ISBN-10: 0-268-02609-2 (pbk.) 1. Bibliography—Methodology. 2. Incunabula—Bibliography— Methodology. 3. Early printed books—Bibliography—Methodology. 4. English literature—Bibliography—Methodology. 5. Bibliography, Critical. 6. Editions. 7. Books—History—1450–1600. 8. Books—History—17th century. 9. Books—History—18th century. 10. Printing—History. I. Title. Z1001.D227 2012 002.09—dc23 2012001191
The paper in this book meets the guidelines for permanence and durability of the Committee on Production Guidelines for Book Longevity of the Council on Library Resources.
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C O N T E N T S
Abbreviations
List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction
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PA R T I E L E M E N T S O F M AT E R I A L B O O K S
Terminology
The Matter of Size
Materials: Ink, Paper
Mechanics of the Press: Variation
Page Format and Layout Typography Illustrations: Techniques and Applications
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PA R T I I H I S T O RY O F B O O K S A N D H I S T O R I E S O F B O O K  C O P I E S
Bindings Marks in Books: Provenance
Books in Books and Books from Books
Ideal Copy and the Goals of Enumerative and Descriptive Bibliography
T W E L V EErsatz Book I: Facsimiles and Forgeries The  The Ersatz Book II: Electronic Books T H I R T E E N  and Databases
Conclusion Notes Selected Bibliography Index
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