Your favourite book history book
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What is your favourite book on the history of the book? Be careful, you could get lynched for saying Principles of Bibliographical Description ;-)
I admit that I haven't read a lot, but Robert Darntons The Business of Enlightenment was a great read. Very insightful but also exciting and funny, at times it almost read like a novel.
Have you read (online) Neil Harris' introduction to analytical bibliography? .
Jennifer Summit, Memory's Library
Megan Hale Williams, The Monk and the Book
All really good, fairly recent books I'd recommend to anyone.
I've tried to find Harris but couldn't access any of the two or three sites I tried. Do you have a link?
Yes, I agree, Gaskell can be a bit difficult - and confusing - at times. What I like, though, are the general parts about (the history of) printing. The detailed descriptions about how a certain press exactly works, I find mostly impossible to follow.
Another book I just started reading and love so far is Greetam's Textual Scholarship.
@BigJoel I liked Grafton's book on Eusebius a lot, but as a historian I'm not as familiar with the textual side of book history; analytical and descriptive bibliography are my thing. I'm very much looking forward to the conference in Munich this month, 'Early printed books as material objects'.
I admit, to my shame, not to have read Martin's works. I did read some of his articles but the complexity of his French is just a notch above my comfort level...
I am also a historian but come at it more from the social and cultural side of things.
Thanks for the link. It's a pity the documentation, apart from the introduction, isn't online anymore. The course sounds very interesting. Have you been to the Ecole de l’Institut d’histoire du livre, Lyon? I took a course at the London Rare Books School (LRBS) three weeks ago, "Introduction to Bibliography", which dealt with more or less the same issues. We also read and discussed Greg’s ‘Rationale of Copy-Text’, which Harris mentioned. Even though I'm not concerned with editing, I found that aspect of bibliography quite interesting as well.
BigJoel55 - Thanks for that link, now I have no excuse anymore :-)