Blind Impressions

Joseph A. Dane examines the field of material book history by questioning its most basic assumptions and definitions: How is print defined? What are the limits of printing history? What constitutes evidence?

Blind Impressions
Methods and Mythologies in Book History

Joseph A. Dane

2013 | 228 pages | Cloth $65.00
Cultural Studies | Library Science and Publishing
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Table of Contents

Introduction

PART I. WHAT IS PRINT?
Chapter 1. Paleography Versus Typography
Chapter 2. "Ca. 1800": What's in a Date?
Chapter 3. Bibliographers of the Mind

PART II. ON THE MAKING OF LISTS
Chapter 4. Herman R. Mead's Incunabula in the Huntington Library and the Notion of "Typographical Value"
Chapter 5. Catchtitles in English Books to 1550
Chapter 6. An Editorial Propaedeutic

PART III. IRONIES OF HISTORY AND REPRESENTATION: THEME AND VARIATION
Playing Bibliography
III.1. Book History and Book Histories: On the Making of Lists
III.2. Meditation on the Composing Stick
III.3. The Red and the Black
III.4. Fragments
III.5. The Nature and Function of Scholarly Illustration in a Digital World
III.6. Art of the Mind

Notes
Principal Sources Cited
Index
Acknowledgments