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  • Paperback: 440 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press; Reprint edition (13 Sept. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300178212
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300178210
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 14.6 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 580,753 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"'It is more fun than a book on bibliography has any right to be: as well as emphasising what a cut-throat, pragmatic and disreputable business the early modern book trade was, it's a salient reminder of how little we really know about the subject.' (Alec Ryie, Times Higher Education Supplement) 'This is a book of remarkable scholarship, rich in detailed evidence... It is a book worth reading right through and then keeping for reference.' (Revd Dr Raymond Chapman, Church Times) 'The great joy of The Book in the Renaissance is that it paints a vivid, often surprising portrait of the West's first ventures into the publishing industry... Pettegree writes with wit and fluency and he combines a broad, continent-girdling perspective with more focused analyses: a section on the role of print in the development of Lutheranism, for instance, is masterly. This book will make specialists prick up their ears but it also has huge appeal for the general reader.' (Jonathon Wright, Catholic Herald)"

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Andrew Pettegree is Head of the School of History at the University of St. Andrews and founding director of the St. Andrews Reformation Studies Institute.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Roman Clodia TOP 100 REVIEWER on 22 Jun. 2012
Format: Paperback
Pettegree has written a very readable history of printing and the pan-European book trade in the Renaissance. Strictly speaking, nothing here is new but it's helpful to have all this information collected in one place with related references.

It's not a history of the book as such so if that's what you're looking for something like A Companion to the History of the Book might be better. This takes us through the rediscovery of classical (mostly Latin) manuscripts by the early humanists such as Petrarch and Salutati, the development of the great Renaissance libraries under aristocratic and royal patrons, and the impact of the printing press. It inevitably concentrates a lot on Renaissance Italy and especially Venice as the centre of the printing `industry', though it does look at what is happening in the Low Countries, England etc. as well.

So this is an engaging read for both the specialist and the general reader.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By kss on 29 Dec. 2012
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Just bought this and I'm really looking forward to it. But don't buy the Kindle edition. The publishers haven't secured permission for many of the illustrations. I would have waited if it had been made clear on the site. Come on Amazon.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Fini Lokke on 10 Sept. 2010
Format: Hardcover
This book is a must for those in favour of books and print because it has drawn information and inspiration from the Internet. Without special knowledge of the revolutionary impact of print culture and book trade you really do not understand what Renaissance meant and still means. One of the very fine aspects of Pettegree's attitude to print is that he stresses the importance of everyday print which meant that small books after a while took over the book market that Venice had cultivated with large and expensive books. The book world became a world market and influenced all industry in the world, infrastructure and mail leading to the information revolution. The printed book is not just a phenomenon of the past because the principles in it still apply. The book itself is also an impressive example of modern bookmaking.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By D. P. Mankin TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 15 Aug. 2010
Format: Hardcover
I first came across this book in the Louvre bookshop on a recent trip to Paris. However, the price in Euros was ridiculous so I waited until my return to the UK. Anyone interested in the Renaissance era should read this. The author, Andrew Pettegree, deserves much credit for offering a new interpretation and understanding of the early years of book printing. Ayone who thinks advertising revenues and the manipulation of media are modern phenomena is in for a surprise. This is a well written and scholarly text that deserves a wide readership. Highly recommended.
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By Tor Morisse on 19 Jan. 2015
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Not much to add. Great book.
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