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Center for the Book Publications List

Book and Print Culture—History

Agent of Change: Print Culture Studies After Elizabeth L. Eisenstein (2007)
Author:
Edited by Sabrina Alcorn Baron, Eric N. Lindquist, and Eleanor F. Shevlin
Description: 442 p. A collection of essays about print culture from Renaissance Europe to the contemporary digital world, building on Eisenstein’s 1979 work “The Printing Press as an Agent of Change: Communications and Cultural Transformation in Early-Modern Europe.” Published by the University of Massachusetts Press in association with the Center for the Book.
Links: LC catalog entry | LCIB coverage (issue 67.1-2) | Page on UMass Press website

Book Historians Gather for SHARP Conference (September 1994)
Author:
LCIB staff
Description: Article from LCIB issue 53.17 (p. 354-357) summarizing the second annual conference of the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing (SHARP). The Center for the Book hosted the conference, which was attended by more than 200 scholars, at the Library of Congress on July 14-16, 1994.
Links: Full article | News release (May 11, 1994)

The Early illustrated Book: Highlights from a Lecture (April 1978)
Author: Philip Hofer
Description: Article published in “The Quarterly Journal of the Library of Congress” issue 35.2 (p. 77-91) containing highlights from a lecture presented on May 20, 1977 about the development and artistic merit of the illustrated book. 
Links: Full article

A Handbook for the Study of Book History in the United States (2000)
Author:
Ronald J. Zboray, Mary Saracino Zboray
Description: 155 p. An introduction for researchers to the literature and subject of book history, explaining the importance of the field of book history and its major concerns.
Links: LC catalog entry | LCIB coverage (issue 59.10) | News release (August 7, 2000)

The History of Books: A Guide to Selected Resources in the Library of Congress (1987)
Author:
Alice D. Schreyer
Description: 221 p. A guide to the resources for the study of book history in the Library’s Manuscript, Rare Book and Special Collections, Geography and Map, Music, and Prints and Photographs divisions, as well as in its Law Library and Copyright Office.
Links: LC catalog entry | Full text through HathiTrust

The History of Books: A Report on Center for the Book Activities (August 1983)
Author:
John Y. Cole
Description: Article from LCIB issue 42.33 (p. 268-272). A summary of Center for the Book activities in 1983, including the preparation of Alice D. Schreyer’s resource guide for the study of book history, and the publication of Daniel P. Resnick’s “Literacy in Historical Perspective.”
Links: Full article

The History of Books and Libraries: Two Views (1986)
Author:
John P. Feather, David McKitterick
Description: 34 p. Viewpoint No. 16. Lectures presented in the spring of 1985 by English scholars John P. Feather and David McKitterick on “The Book in History and the History of the Book” and “The Limits of Library History,” respectively. Reprinted 1989.
Links: LC catalog entry | Full text through HathiTrust

In the Wake of the Printing Press (July 1978)
Author: Elizabeth Eisenstein
Description: Article published in “The Quarterly Journal of the Library of Congress” issue 35.3 (p. 183-197), reprinting a lecture presented on September 23, 1977 discussing the historical implications of the invention of the printing press.
Links: Full article

The Invention of Printing: Revolution Within Revolution (April 1978)
Author: Nicolas Barker
Description: Article published in “The Quarterly Journal of the Library of Congress” issue 35.2 (p. 64-76), reprinting a lecture presented on November 4, 1976 about the history of printing and the development of the book as a confluence of language, technology, craftsmanship, and art.
Links: Full article

The Memory of Sound: Observations on the History of Music on Paper (1988)
Author:
Donald W. Krummel
Description: 23 p. Viewpoint No. 20. A lecture presented on October 29, 1987 examining the history of printed music as part of the scope of the history of the book.
Links: LC catalog entry | Full text through HathiTrust

The Origins of Early American Printing Shops (July 1978)
Author: Edwin Wolf
Description: Article published in “The Quarterly Journal of the Library of Congress” issue 35.3 (p. 198-209), reprinting a lecture presented on November 9, 1977 tracing the development of pioneer printing presses in the New World.
Links: Full article

Perspectives on American Book History: Artifacts and Commentary (2002)
Author:
Edited by Scott E. Casper, Joanne D. Chaison, and Jeffrey D. Groves
Description: 461 p. University of Massachusetts Press, published in association with the Center for the Book and the American Antiquarian Society. A new text for university-level courses in American print culture that traces topics in American print culture from Puritan New England to the future of newspapers in the digital age and includes primary source materials in their historical, literary, and political contexts.
Links: LCIB coverage | Page on UMass Press website

Print Culture in a Diverse America (1998)
Author:
Edited by James P. Danky and Wayne Wiegand
Description: 291 p. University of Illinois Press. Essays presented at a May 1995 conference sponsored by the Center for the Study of Print Culture at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Partial support for the conference was provided by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.
Links: LC catalog entry | LCIB coverage (issue 57.9) | LCIB coverage (issue 58.10) | Page on UI Press website

The Printer & the Pardoner: An Unrecorded Indulgence Printed by William Caxton for the Hospital of St. Mary Rounceval, Charing Cross (1986)
Author:
Paul Needham
Description: 101 p. The story of scholar Paul Needham’s discovery in the Library of Congress Rare Book and Special Collections Division of a previously unrecorded broadside indulgence printed by William Caxton in 1480.
Links: LC catalog entry | Full text through HathiTrust | LCIB coverage (issue 45.22)

Promoting the Study of the History of Books: Recent and Forthcoming Center for the Book Activities (March 1985)
Author: John Y. Cole
Description: Article from LCIB issue 44.9 (p. 41-44) describing Center for the Book projects including symposia on a wide range of topics, the Engelhard Lectures on the Book series, and recent publications.
Links: Full article

Work and Culture in an Eighteenth Century Printing Shop (Winter 1982)
Author:
Robert Darnton
Description: Article published in “The Quarterly Journal of the Library of Congress” issue 39.1 (p. 34-47), abridged from a lecture presented on March 25, 1981 which illustrates the workings of the early modern, preindustrial print shop.
Links: Full Article