Forms, Formats and the Circulation of Knowledge explores the printscape – the mental mapping of knowledge in all its printed shapes – to chart the British networks of publishers, printers, copyright-holders, readers and authors. This transdisciplinary volume skilfully recovers innovations and practices in the book trade between 1688 and 1832. It investigates how print circulated information in a multitude of sizes and media, through an evolving framework of transactions. The authority of print is demonstrated by studies of prospectuses, blank forms, periodicals, pamphlets, globes, games and ephemera, uniquely gathered in eleven essays engaging in legal, economic, literary, and historical methodologies. The tight focus on material format reappraises a disorderly market accommodating a widening audience consumption.
Louisiane Ferlier, Ph.D. (2012, Université Paris Diderot), is the Digital Resources Manager at Centre for the History of Science at the Royal Society. She has published articles on John Wallis, the Bodleian Library and cross-Atlantic circulation of books.
Bénédicte Miyamoto, Ph.D. (2011, Université Paris Diderot), is Associate Professor of British History at Université Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3. She has published on eighteenth-century drawing manuals, sales catalogues and art markets.
List of Figures
Notes on Contributors
1 The Shape of Knowledge
Louisiane Ferlier and
Part 1: (In) forming Professional Networks
2 Jobbing Printing in Late Early Modern London: Questions of Variety, Stability and Regularity
3 John Dunton, Bookseller and Author: Market Competition and Restrictive Practices from the Age of Licensing to the Advent of Copyright
4 Entering into Copyright: Author–Publisher Transactions in the Stationers’ Company Records
Rebecca Schoff Curtin
5 Copyright and the Circulation of Geographical Knowledge in Eighteenth-Century Britain
The Vauxhall Affray: Celebrity and Self-Promotion through the Manipulation of Print
Part 2: (Per) forming Knowledge in Print
7 At the Ends of the Earth and on the Fringes of Print: Globe Production and Use in Britain, 1650–1800
8 Trading in Trauma: Accidents, Knowledge and Early English Newspapers
9 Compositors’ Choices in Eighteenth-Century Typography
James P. Ascher
10 Format and Meaning-Making in Religious Turn-up Books
11 The Book to Come: Literary Advertising and the Poetics of the Prospectus
Bibliography of Secondary Sources
Index of Names
Index of terms
Researchers in book history, in its widest definitions; scholars of the history of copyrights, and readers interested in the material circulation of knowledge, from popular culture to scholarly subjects.