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History of the Early Printed Hebrew Book

General introductory texts

The best English-language introduction to the field is Elizabeth L. Eisenstein, The Printing Press as an Agent of Change: Communications and Cultural Transformations in Early Modern Europe, 2 vols. (Cambridge:  Cambridge University Press, 1979). This was later abridged as Eisenstein, The Printing Revolution in Early Modern Europe (Cambridge:  Cambridge University Press, 1983.  However, Eisenstein does not replace the classic treatment of the introduction of printing, the French edition first published in 1958, followed by two English editions: L. Febvre and H.-J. Martin, The Coming of the Book: The Impact of Printing, 1450–1800 (London:  Verso, 1984).

These two works serve to introduce the reader to the basic chronologies and narratives in the history of print culture.

Eisenstein, Elizabeth L.
“An Unknowledge Revolution Revisited,” American Historical Review 107 (2002) 87-105
Van Pelt Library. E171 .A57

Eisenstein, Elizabeth L.
The printing revolution in early modern Europe.
Cambridge UK ; New York: Cambridge University Press, 2005
Katz Center - Stacks. Z124 .E374 2005
Van Pelt Library. Z124 .E374 2005
Rare Book & Manuscript Library - Furness Collection. Z124 .E374 2005

Eisenstein, Elizabeth L.
The printing press as an agent of change : communications and cultural transformations in early modern Europe, 2 volumes
Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1979
Van Pelt Library. Z124 .E37
Rare Book & Manuscript Library Reading Room. Z124 .E37 1980
Annenberg Library - Reference. Z124 .E37 1980

Febvre, Lucien and Henri-Jean Martin
L'apparition du livre
Paris : A. Michel, c1999 [repr. of Paris : A. Michel, c1958]
Van Pelt Library. Z4 .F4 1999

Febvre, Lucien and Henri-Jean Martin, tr. by David Gerard ; edd. Geoffrey Nowell-Smith and David Wootton
The coming of the book : the impact of printing 1450-1800
London : NLB ; Atlantic Highlands [N.J.] : Humanities Press, 1976
Van Pelt Library. Z4 .F413 1976
London: Verso, 1990 [repr. of  1976 edition]
Van Pelt Library. Z4 .F413 1990
Rare Book & Manuscript Library - Furness Shakespeare Library (Van Pelt 628). Z4 .F413 1990

Grafton, Anthony
“AHR Forum.  How Revolutionary was the Print Revolution.  Introduction,” American Historical Review 107 (2002) 84-86
Van Pelt Library. E171 .A57
Grafton, Anthony
“The Humanist as Reader,” pp. 179-212 in, A History of Reading in the West (Amherst:  University of Massachusetts Press, 2003) edd Guglielmo Cavallo and Roger Chartier, trans. Lydia G. Cochrane
Van Pelt Library. Z1003.3.E85 S7613 1999
Rare Book & Manuscript Library - Furness Collection. Z1003.3.E85 S7613 1999
Rare Book & Manuscript Library - Furness Shakespeare Library (Van Pelt 628). Z1003.3.E85 S7613 1999

Johns, Adrian
“How to Acknowledge a Revolution,” American Historical Review 107 (2002) 106-122
Van Pelt Library. E171 .A57

Johns, Adrian
The Nature of the Book:  Print and Knowledge in the Making
Chicago:  University of Chicago Press, 1998
Van Pelt Library. Z124 .J64 1998
Rare Book & Manuscript Library - Furness Collection. Z124 .J64 1998