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.