Pirating and Publishing: The Book Trade in the Age of Enlightenment

Author:   Robert Darnton (Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor, University Librarian and Emeritus, Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor, University Librarian and Emeritus, Harvard University)
Publisher:   Oxford University Press Inc
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9780195144529


Pages:   416
Publication Date:   04 October 2021
Format:   Hardback
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Pirating and Publishing: The Book Trade in the Age of Enlightenment


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In the late-18th century, a group of publishers in what historian Robert Darnton calls the Fertile Crescent DL countries located along the French border, stretching from Holland to Switzerland DL pirated the works of prominent (and often banned) French writers and distributed them in France, where laws governing piracy were in flux and any notion of copyright very much in its infancy. Piracy was entirely legal and everyone acknowledged DL tacitly or openly DL that these pirated editions of works by Rousseau, Voltaire, and Diderot, among other luminaries, supplied a growing readership within France, one whose needs could not be met by the monopolistic and tightly controlled Paris Guild.Darnton's book focuses principally on a publisher in Switzerland, one of the largest and whose archives are the most complete. Through the lens of this concern, he offers a sweeping view of the world of writing, publishing, and especially bookselling in pre-Revolutionary France--a vibrantly detailed inside look at a cut-throat industry that was struggling to keep up with the times and, if possible, make a profit off them. Featuring a fascinating cast of characters DL lofty idealists and down-and-dirty opportunists DL this new book expands upon on Darnton's celebrated work on book-publishing in France, most recently found in Literary Tour de France. Pirating and Publishing reveals how and why piracy brought the Enlightenment to every corner of France, feeding the ideas that would explode into revolution.

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Author:   Robert Darnton (Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor, University Librarian and Emeritus, Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor, University Librarian and Emeritus, Harvard University)
Publisher:   Oxford University Press Inc
Imprint:   Oxford University Press Inc
Dimensions:   Width: 16.40cm , Height: 2.70cm , Length: 24.30cm
Weight:   0.712kg
ISBN:  

9780195144529


ISBN 10:   019514452
Pages:   416
Publication Date:   04 October 2021
Audience:   General/trade ,  General
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   To order   Availability explained
Stock availability from the supplier is unknown. We will order it for you and ship this item to you once it is received by us.

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Darnton has established himself as the world's authority on the business of book publishing in the Enlightenment ... What is fresh, and fascinating, are the detailed case histories - presented in lively prose by a scholar who knows more about them than anyone else. This is a study that anyone interested in the history of the book will want to read (and probably to own). * D. L. Patey, CHOICE *


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Robert Darnton is Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor and University Librarian, Emeritus of Harvard University, and the author of The Great Cat Massacre (1984) and A Literary Tour de France (2018), among others.

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