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HANDBOOK FOR THE STUDY OF BOOK HISTORY IN THE UNITED STATES. Ronald J. Zboray, Mary Saracino Zboray

HANDBOOK FOR THE STUDY OF BOOK HISTORY IN THE UNITED STATES.

Washington: Center for the Book - Library of Congress, (2000). small 8vo. stiff paper wrappers. ix, (3), 155+(1) pages. Preface by John Cole. Arranged in three major sections: Introduction on the field of book history; How to Locate and Use Sources including information on publishers, writers, printers, booksellers, distributors, consumers, etc.; and Conclusion giving thoughts on the future of book history. With appendices giving important periodicals in the field and suggested reading. READ MORE

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Preface by John Y. Cole                                      vii
Acknowledgments                                               ix

I. INTRODUCTION I
     A. Why Is Book History Important?                         3
     B. What Is the Field About?                               4
     C. Overview and History of the Field                      5
     D. What Questions Do Book Historians Debate?              8
     E. How Can People Participate in Book History?            9

II. HOW TO LOCATE AND USE SOURCES                             13
     A. Where to Begin                                        13
         1. General Sources                                   14
         2. Genre-Specific Sources                            19
     B. Producers                                             28
         1. Writers' Personal and Professional Papers         28
         2. Literary Agents                                   36
         3. Publishers                                        36
         4. Printers                                          41
         5. Other                                             44
         6. Books as Artifactual and Documentary Evidence     47
         7. Books and the Law                                 49
         8. Conclusion                                        51
     C. Disseminators                                         51
         1. Distributors                                      51
         2. Retailers                                         52
         3. Aftermarket                                       56
         4. Conclusion                                        57
     D. Consumers                                             57
         1. Readers                                           57
         2. Institutional Consumers                           72
         3. The Book Trade Itself                             75

III. CONCLUSION: THE FUTURE OF BOOK HISTORY                   77

Appendix: Some Important Periodicals                          81
   for Book Historians
Notes                                                         85
Suggested Readings                                            95
Index                                                        147
About the Authors                                            155