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The Edinburgh History of the Book in Scotland, Volume 2: Enlightenment and Expansion 1707-1800: Volume 2 (1707-1800)
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The Edinburgh History of the Book in Scotland, Volume 2: Enlightenment and Expansion 1707-1800: Volume 2 (1707-1800) (Hardback)

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The first thorough study of the book trade during the age of Fergusson and Burns. The eighteenth century saw Scotland become a global leader in publishing, both through landmark challenges to the early copyright legislation and through the development of intricate overseas markets that extended across Europe, Asia and the Americas. Scots in Edinburgh, Glasgow, London, Dublin and Philadelphia amassed fortunes while bringing to international markets classics in medicine and economics by Scottish authors, as well as such enduring works of reference as the Encyclopaedia Britannica. Entrepreneurship and a vigorous sense of nationalism brought Scotland from financial destitution at the time of the 1707 Union to extraordinary wealth by the 1790s. Publishing was one of the country's elite new industries. Over forty leading scholars come together in this volume to examine the development of Scotland's book trade from 1707 to 1800. Printing, binding, bookselling, libraries, textbooks, distribution and international trade, copyright, piracy, literacy, music publication, women readers, children's books and cookery books are among the many aspects of print culture that they scrutinize.

Key Features * Discusses copyright and piracy with new data at a time when intellectual property laws are returning to eighteenth-century precedents * Provides new understandings of Scotland's early modern readerships, including women's libraries, music literacy, and the way in which Scots found in the growth of literacy an international marketplace for intellectual property * Original scholarship and previously unpublished source material on secular Gaelic print * 16 exclusive full colour images of rare Scottish bindings from private collections, 25 additional colour plates + 60 b&w illustrations

Stephen W. Brown is Professor of English at Trent University, Peterborough, Canada Warren McDougall, born in Edinburgh, was a newspaper reporter in Canada and for many years an English teacher in Edinburgh. He attended the University of Western Ontario and the University of Edinburgh. His Edinburgh Ph.D. thesis in the mid 1970s - on Hamilton, Balfour and Neill - was the first modern study of the book trade in the Scottish Enlightenment, and he has subsequently written ground-breaking papers on the book in 18th century Scotland, including copyright litigation and the rise of the Scottish book trade, Scottish books for America, piracy and book smuggling, and Edinburgh medical publishing and the international book trade. He contributed articles on Scottish book trade figures to the New DNB, and is writing on the Scottish trade for the History of the Book in Britain vol. 5 and the History of the Book in America vol. 2, while his case study of a Scottish printer abroad will appear in A History of the Book in Canada vol. 1. He is writing a book on the Edinburgh bookseller Charles Elliot and is indexing for publication the entries in Elliot's letterbooks and ledgers. Recently he has had fellowships at the Library Company of Philadelphia, the American Antiquarian Society, and Trent University, Canada, and is currently an honorary fellow at the Centre for the History of the Book, Edinburgh University. He is secretary of the Edinburgh Bibliographical Society.

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