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Title: The Lives of Scottish Book Traders, 1500-1800
Authors: Mann, Alastair
Contact Email: a.j.mann@stir.ac.uk
Editors: Mulhern, Mark
Beech, John
Thompson, Elaine
Citation: Mann A (2008) The Lives of Scottish Book Traders, 1500-1800. In: Mulhern Mark, Beech John, Thompson Elaine (ed.). Scottish Life and Society: The Working Life of the Scots. A Compendium of Scottish Ethnology, Volume 7. Scottish Life and Society: A Compendium of Scottish Ethnology, 7, John Donald (an imprint of Birlinn Limited).
Keywords: Book Trade
Printing
Early Modern
Scotland
Social History
Bookselling
Issue Date: Dec-2008
Publisher: John Donald (an imprint of Birlinn Limited)
Series/Report no.: Scottish Life and Society: A Compendium of Scottish Ethnology, 7
Abstract: First paragraph: From the arrival of the printed book in Scotland in the late fifteenth century, the advent of the press in 1508 and to the great flowering of print culture in the Scottish Enlightenment, the progress in Scottish intellectual culture depended on a diverse band of book merchants and book makers. This group, varied in wealth, capacity for inventiveness, political and religious beliefs and links with the establishment, nevertheless had much in common. Not least of these common bonds was the requirement to ply their trade in the same ‘national crisis’ of Scotland’s early modern period. From Flodden in 1513 to Culloden in 1745 warfare, religious revolution, civil war and economic collapse battered Scottish society. These political and religious upheavals presented a rigorous challenge for the Scottish printer and book trader before the outstanding successes of the Scottish Enlightenment. After all, print merely precipitated and reflected the qualities of national history. But even before the Enlightenment we should marvel at the success and resilience of Scottish print culture and its media
Rights: Copyright in the text is with the European Ethnology Research Centre, 2008, that of the printed volume as licensed by them to the publisher John Donald, an imprint of Birlinn Limited.; The publisher has granted permission for use of this book chapter in this Repository. The book chapter was first published in Scottish Life and Society: The Working Life of the Scots. A Compendium of Scottish Ethnology, Volume 7 by John Donald (an imprint of Birlinn Limited).
Type: Part of book or chapter of book
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1893/1056
URL: http://birlinn.co.uk/book/details/Scottish-Life-and-Society--The-Working-Life-of-the-Scots-9781904607854/
Affiliation: History

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