By Joseph A. Dane
What is a e-book within the examine of print tradition? For the student of fabric texts, it isn't just a singular reproduction wearing the original strains of printing and protection efforts, or an version, repeated and repeatable, or a automobile for concepts to be abstracted from the actual reproduction. but if the bibliographer situates a e-book replica in the tools of publication heritage, Joseph A. Dane contends, it's the identified set of assumptions which govern the self-discipline that bibliographic arguments privilege, repeat, or problem. "Book history," he writes, "is us."
In Blind Impressions, Dane reexamines the sphere of fabric e-book background via wondering its most simple assumptions and definitions. How is print outlined? What are the boundaries of printing historical past? What constitutes facts? His concluding part takes shape as a chain of brief experiences in topic and edition, contemplating such issues as two-color printing, the composing stick utilized by hand-press printers, the bibliographical prestige of booklet fragments, and the functionality of scholarly representation within the electronic Age. Meticulously targeted, deeply realized, and infrequently contrarian, Blind Impressions is a bracing critique of how students outline and resolve problems.
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41 study than I am with books printed before 1800, and this is likely a consequence of the traditional cut-oﬀ date I seem to have internalized. In other words, my experience that is to some extent determined by the academic cliché begins to produce supporting evidence for the validity of that cliché. Abstractions lead to experience and material evidence supporting those abstractions. When I hold a book from 1730, I examine it physically or I ignore it; when I hold a book from 1850, my decision is diﬀerent: I read it, or I don’t.
The Printers’ History of Printers’ History One of the key documents in the Anglo-American bibliography is Joseph Moxon’s Mechanick Exercises of 1683. The manual had a dual audience, or at least, Moxon implies it ought to have that dual audience. On the one hand, it is a technical manual, directed at professionals in the trade; on the other hand, it is simply a history or description of a technology, that is, a book for the amusement of amateurs and dilettantes. Viewed from the standpoint of twenty-ﬁrst-century bibliography, Mechanick Exercises seems seminal.
And why are the two fonts not “admixed”? 28 c ha pt er 1 One of the problems in BMC’s discussion is that the bibliographical term type seems disembodied or abstracted from the material processes of type manufacture, even though the object of discussion often is the material history of typefounders, typecutters, their geographical locations, and the physical things they owned. Note in the following passages, concerning the history of Caxton’s Type 3, how the word “type” and the pronouns seemingly referring to this word are equivocal and often have quite diﬀerent real-world referents.
Blind impressions : methods and mythologies in book history by Joseph A. Dane