Item description for A Social History of the Chinese Book: Books And Literati Culture in Late Imperial China (Understanding China: New Viewpoints on History and Culture) by Joseph P. McDermott...
Joseph McDermott traces the history of the book in China from 1000 to 1800, illustrating the Chinese experience with books through comparisons to other civilizations, particularly those in Europe. He presents novel analyses of the changes in Chinese woodblock book-making over several centuries and a new view of the period in which the printed book replaced the manuscript. He also explores the distribution and marketing structure of books and the history of book collecting.
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Studio: Hong Kong University Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.6" Width: 5.7" Height: 0.9" Weight: 0.55 lbs.
Release Date Jul 30, 2006
Publisher Hong Kong University Press
ISBN 9622097812 ISBN13 9789622097810
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More About Joseph P. McDermott
Dr Joseph P. McDermott is Reader in Chinese History at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of St John's College. He has published widely on the pre-modern social and economic history of China.
Joseph P. McDermott has an academic affiliation as follows - University of Cambridge.
Reviews - What do customers think about A Social History of the Chinese Book: Books And Literati Culture in Late Imperial China (Understanding China: New Viewpoints on History and Culture)?
A Joy Mar 26, 2007
If you love books and enjoy reading about their history, manufacture and circulation, this volume is a must, easy to read and delightfully informative. How interesting to learn that, in the intensely competitive and examination-oriented world of China, scholars and book collectors were reluctant to give access to their treasures.
Covering 800 Years of Chinese Publishing Feb 19, 2007
To tell the whole story of the 3500 years since printing was invented in China would be too much to ask. This book narrows the subject down to 'only' 800 years from 1000 to 1800 and to only one region, the lower Yangzi delta, and on the one type of reader we know the most about, the literati.
This period encompasses the time when Chinese printing was changing from manuscript to an imprint culture. It also covers four Chinese dynasties: Song (960-1279), Yuan (1232-1367), Ming (1368-1644), Qing (1644-1911).
This book represents a considerable amount of original research into the earliest records of Chinese publishing from Chinese, Japanese and Western records. Dr. McDermott is a lecturer in chinese at Cambridge University.