Search WorldCat for the subject “Book history” and prior to 1980 the majority of titles are works on printers, printing, and typography, histories of collectors or libraries, or the bibliographical analysis of an author or text. The first edition of A Companion to the History of the Book provided a useful guide to the emergence of book historiography as a scholarly discipline with interests in economic, social, intellectual, and political aspects of books following the 1980 publication of Elizabeth Eisenstein's The Printing Press as an Agent of Change. The second edition updates and expands on advances and changes in the discipline, especially considering digital technology.

Editors Simon Eliot and Johnathan Rose have added sixteen new essays to the original forty, reorganized the contents, and produced a two-volume work. The new essays cover aspects of the book not included in the earlier edition (paper, paleography, archives, typography, printing, and bookbinding);...

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