Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
A Social History of the Chinese BookBooks and Literati Culture in Late Imperial China$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Joseph P. McDermott

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9789622097810

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789622097810.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM HONG KONG SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.hongkong.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Hong Kong University Press, 2021. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in HKSO for personal use.date: 04 August 2021

The Making of an Imprint in China, 1000–1800

The Making of an Imprint in China, 1000–1800

(p.9) 1 The Making of an Imprint in China, 1000–1800
A Social History of the Chinese Book

Joseph P. McDermott

Hong Kong University Press

This chapter describes William Milne's exceptionally informative early nineteenth-century account of woodblock book production. It first presents Milne's account of the different stages in the production of woodblock imprints and explains their implications for workers' wages and book prices. It also explores the relative cheapness of woodblock imprints, by examining certain late fifteenth- and sixteenth-century technical changes in Chinese imprint production that simplified and hastened the production process. In addition, the life of the workers themselves, especially the carvers, and how they responded to the changing technical and economic circumstances of their craft in the sixteenth century, are covered. The future of woodblock production lay with the artisans.

Keywords:   William Milne, woodblock imprints, woodblock book, China, carvers, Chinese imprint

Hong Kong Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .