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The Book Worlds of East Asia and Europe, 1450-1850Connections and Comparisons$
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Joseph P. McDermott and Peter Burke

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9789888208081

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888208081.001.0001

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Distribution: The Transmission of Books in Europe and Its Colonies

Distribution: The Transmission of Books in Europe and Its Colonies

Contours, Cautions, and Global Comparisons

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(p.147) 4 Distribution: The Transmission of Books in Europe and Its Colonies
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The Book Worlds of East Asia and Europe, 1450-1850
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James Raven

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Hong Kong University Press
DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789888208081.003.0004

James Raven’s essay is concerned with the transmission of books in Europe and its colonies in the period between Gutenberg’s invention of the hand press and the nineteenth century introduction of the steam press. Besides telling a story of market expansion for publishing, he examines the geographical and social range of distribution and considers whether publications circulated within a ‘closed’ or an ‘open’ circuit and whether the sellers remained at home or travelled with the books.

Keywords:   Europe, Asia, Eurasia, Book history, Book culture, Book Printing, Technology, Publishing, Book distribution, Book consumption

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