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Author Towsey, Mark R. M.

Title Reading the Scottish Enlightenment : books and their readers in provincial Scotland, 1750-1820 / by Mark R.M. Towsey
Published Leiden, the Netherlands ; Boston : Brill, 2010
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Description 1 online resource (xvi, 361 pages)
Series Library of the written word ; v. 10
The handpress world ; v. 5
Library of the written word ; 10
Library of the written word. Handpress world ; 5
Contents List of Tables; Acknowledgements; List of Abbreviations; Introduction." Enlightenment Everywhere": Locating the Reader in the Scottish Enlightenment; Part One Encountering Enlightenment; I." One of the Greatest Ornaments to a Gentleman": Private Libraries; II." A Powerful Means of Improving the Neighbourhood": Subscription Libraries; III." Vice and Obscenity Dreadfully Propagated": Circulating Libraries; IV." A Taste for Reading in the Country": Religious and Endowed Libraries; Part Two Experiencing Enlightenment; V." This Map of my Mind": Recovering Historical Reading Experiences
Summary The Handpress World explores the impact of the invention of printing by moveable type from the first experiments of the incunabula age through to the end of the eighteenth century. In this crucial period of book history the new technology both transformed established markets for scholarly and religious literature and found a new public through the rise of the pamphlet and later the newspaper. The series will investigate every aspect of this cultural transformation, from the promotion in print of the great intellectual movements of the day through to the birth of the public library. --Book Jacket
Notes Based on the author's thesis, Ph. D., St. Andrews University, 2007
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 307-360) and index
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Subject Books and reading -- Scotland -- History -- 18th century.
Books and reading -- Scotland -- History -- 19th century.
Enlightenment -- Scotland.
Libraries -- Scotland -- History -- 18th century.
Libraries -- Scotland -- History -- 19th century.
Philosophy, Scottish.
Reading interests -- Scotland -- History -- 18th century.
Reading interests -- Scotland -- History -- 19th century.
Scotland -- Intellectual life -- 18th century.
Scotland -- Intellectual life -- 19th century.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2010027847
ISBN 1283039214
9004193510 (electronic bk.)
9789004193512 (electronic bk.)