The Book: A Global History


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Oxford University Press, USA
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6.4 X 9.3 X 1.5 inches | 3.1 pounds

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About the Author

Michael F. Suarez S.J. is Professor and Director of the Rare Book School at the University of Virginia. Formerly the J. A. Kavanaugh Professor of English at Fordham University in New York and Fellow and Tutor in English at Campion Hall, Oxford, he is co-editor of The Cambridge History of the Book in Britain, Volume 5, 1695-1830 (2009) and co-general editor of The Collected Works of Gerard Manley Hopkins, 8 vols (2006- ).

H. R. Woudhuysen is Rector of Lincoln College, Oxford. He has edited The Penguin Book of Renaissance Verse (1992), with David Norbrook; Love's Labour's Lost (1998) and, with Katherine Duncan-Jones, Shakespeare's Poems (2007) for the Arden Shakespeare third series. His book Sir Philip Sidney and the Circulation of Manuscripts, 1558-1640 was published in 1996.


"...the most likely reader of The Book will be students, as this collection is perhaps best as a textbook for an introductory book history course. ... students would find the essays, many with black and white illustrations, approachable and digestible. The chapters also include bibliographies that would be of great use to students learning about the field. ... the
editors also include references to related chapters within the essays so readers can easily trace connections between the readings - a useful resource not only for students but also for instructors developing a syllabus. Moreover, the much more reasonable price of The Book, compared to The Oxford Companion to the Book, makes it suitable for course adoption, and its additional availability in electronic form aids in Michael F. Suarez and H. R. Woudhuysen's stated aims of increasing the circulation of this commendable work." --Alison Rukavina, Papers of the Bibliographical Society of Canada"For readers interested in an academic treatment of the history of books, bookmaking, and the business of books, this collection of essays is a good place to start." --Muhammed Hassanali, Booklist