Library of the Written Word - The Handpress World

The Handpress World explores the impact of the invention of printing by moveable type from the first experiments of the incunabula age through to the end of the eighteenth century. In this crucial period of book history the new technology both transformed established markets for scholarly and religious literature and found a new public through the rise of the pamphlet and later the newspaper. The series will investigate every aspect of this cultural transformation, from the promotion in print of the great intellectual movements of the day through to the birth of the public library.

Editorial Board

Andrew Pettegree, University of St Andrews (Editor-in-Chief) Ann Blair, Harvard University Falk Eisermann, Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin - Preußischer Kulturbesitz Ian Maclean, All Souls College, Oxford Alicia Montoya, Radboud University Angela Nuovo, University of Udine Helen Smith, University of York Mark Towsey, University of Liverpool Malcolm Walsby, University of Rennes Arthur der Weduwen, University of St Andrews

Review Quote

“One of the most influential early modern book history series currently available.” Alexander S. Wilkinson, University College Dublin. In: SHARP News, Vol. 23, No. 4 (Autumn 2014), p. 10. “One of the most outstanding series in the field of European book history.” Mart van Duijn, Leiden University Libraries. In: Quaerendo, Vol. 44, No. 3 (2014).