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Making Meaning : Printers of the Mind and Other Essays - Donald Francis McKenzie

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"The greatest bibliographer of our time," was how historian Robert Darnton described D. F. McKenzie. Yet until now many of McKenzie's major essays, scattered in specialist journals and inaccessible publications, have circulated mainly in tattered photocopies. This volume, edited by two of McKenzie's former students, brings together for the first time a wide range of his writings on bibliography, the book trade, and the "sociology of texts." Selected by the author himself before his sudden death in 1999, the essays range from the material transmission of Shakespeare's plays in the seventeenth century to the connections among oral, manuscript, and print cultures.

Making Meaning reflects McKenzie's virtuosity as a traditional bibliographer and reveals how his thought-provoking scholarship made him a driving force in the genesis and development of the new interdisciplinary field of book history. His refusal to recognize the traditional boundary between bibliography and literary history re-energized the study of the social, political, economic, and cultural aspects of book production and reception.

The editors' introduction and headnotes situate McKenzie's innovative and controversial thinking in the debates of his time.

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Editorial Introductionp. 3
Bibliography
Printers of the Mind: Some Notes on Bibliographical Theories and Printing-House Practicesp. 13
"Indenting the Stick" in the First Quarto of King Lear (1608)p. 86
Stretching a Point: Or, The Case of the Spaced-out Compsp. 91
The Book Trade
The London Book Trade in 1668p. 109
The London Book Trade in 1644p. 126
Trading Places? England 1689--France 1789p. 144
The Sociology of Texts
"The Staple of News" and the Late Playsp. 169
Typography and Meaning: The Case of William Congrevep. 198
Speech--Manuscript--Printp. 237
"What's Past Is Prologue": The Bibliographical Society and History of the Bookp. 259
Our Textual Definition of the Future: The New English Imperialism?p. 276
A Chronological Bibliography of McKenzie's Writingsp. 282
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ISBN: 9781558493360
ISBN-10: 1558493360
Series: Studies in Print Culture and the History of the Book
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 360
Published: 28th June 2002
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.5