Printing, Selling and Reading : 1450-1550.

Wiesbaden: Otto Harrassowitz, 1974.

Octavo (24 x 16 cm.), viii, 165 pages. Illustrated. Index. Second Printing, with a supplemental annotated bibliographical introduction. A landmark work. "Not a history of early printing, but a survey of problems which followed in the wake of the invention of printing" (the preface). In his review of the 1967 first edition, Bernard Rosenthal states the "history of printing has now been solidly integrated with the political, cultural, ecclesiastical and economic history of the later Middle Ages and the Renaissance..." and "...no substantive criticism of this book is possible - this is in all respects a remarkable work, which gathers into a coherent pattern a large mass of known data, adds new ones, finds new answers to old and new questions and, most importantly, opens new areas of research" (Bib. Soc. of Amer., Volume 68, pages 139-144). The work includes sections on printers and printing, cost of production, selling of books, etc. Some light soil to yellow wrappers, titled in black. Otherwise near fine. Scarce in the marketplace.

Price: $200.00

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