Details

ISBN-10: 019514452X
ISBN-13: 9780195144529
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publish Date: 02/01/2021
Dimensions: 9.30" L, 6.50" W, 1.40" H

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

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Overview

In the late-18th century, a group of publishers in what historian Robert Darnton calls the Fertile Crescent — countries located along the French border, stretching from Holland to Switzerland — 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 — tacitly or openly — 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 — lofty idealists and down-and-dirty opportunists — 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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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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Details

ISBN-10: 019514452X
ISBN-13: 9780195144529
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publish Date: 02/01/2021
Dimensions: 9.30" L, 6.50" W, 1.40" H
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