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The Edinburgh History of the Book in Scotland, Volume 3: Ambition and Industry 1800–1880

Edited by Bill Bell

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Throughout the nineteenth century Scotland was transformed from an agricultural nation on the periphery of Europe to become an industrial force with international significance. A landmark in its field, this volume explores the changes in the Scottish book trade as it moved from a small-scale manufacturing process to a mass-production industry. This book brings together the work of over thirty leading experts to explore a broad range of topics that include production technology, bookselling and distribution, the literary market, reading and libraries, and Scotland's international relations.

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Illustrations and Tables
Chapter One The Elements of the Trade
Papermaking - John Morris
Typefounding - John Morris
Printing - Trevor Howard-Hill
Illustration - John Scally
Binding - John Morris

Chapter Two Publishing
Publishing 1800-1830 - Peter Garside
1825-26: Years of Crisis? - Simon Eliot
Publishing 1830-1880 - David Finkelstein
Gaelic Printing and Publishing - Donald E. Meek
Chapter Three Distribution and Reading
Bookselling - Iain Beavan
The Railways - Stephen Colclough
Gaelic Communities and the Use of Texts - Donald E. Meek
Reading - Jonathan Rose
Libraries - John Crawford
Chapter Four Literature in the Marketplace
The Rise of the Scottish Literary Market - Peter Garside
Authorship: Six Case Studies
Walter Scott and the Management of Copyright - Jane Millgate
Waverley and the Scottish Fiction Revolution - Peter Garside
John MacLean, the Gaelic Bard - Donald E. Meek and Rob Dunbar
Thomas Carlyle and the Lure of London - Ian Campbell
Margaret Oliphant and the Profession of Writing Zsuzanna Varga
Robert Louis Stevenson and the Pursuit of Fame - Jenni Calder
The Making of a Scottish Literary Canon - Cairns Craig
Chapter Five The Diversity of Print
Antiquarianism - Padmini Ray Murray
Religion - Padmini Ray Murray
Science - Aileen Fyfe
Reference - Padmini Ray Murray
Maps - Diana Webster
Education - Padmini Ray Murray
Printing for Everyday Life - Gen Harrison
Chapter Six Periodicals and Newspapers
The Age of the Periodical - Bill Bell
Reviews and Monthlies - Joanne Shattock
The Popular 'Weekly' - Laurel Brake
The Newspaper - Padmini Ray Murray
Chapter Seven Greater Britain and Ireland
Agencies and Joint Ventures - Ross Alloway
The London Scots - Robin Myers
Wales - Philip Henry Jones
Ireland - Charles Benson
Chapter Eight Bookseller to the World
Continental Europe - Sharon Brown and Barbara Schaff
North America - Fiona Black
India - Graham Shaw
The Pacific - Wallace Kirsop
Appendix A Personnel in the Print and Allied Trades
Appendix B Statistical Evidence for the 1825-26 Crisis

About the Author

Bill Bell is a Professor of English Literature at the University of Cardiff. He has published widely on nineteenth-century literature and culture and has been a visiting fellow at the Australian National University, the University of Ottawa, and St John’s College, Oxford.


This is an enormously informative and thought-provoking book.
- Michael Kerrigan, The Scotsman
Like much else that the University Press does...this represents a substantial contribution to the emergence of Scottish literary history and criticism ... The books themselves continue another fine tradition of Edinburgh University Press in their handsome production and lavish illustration. They will become, already are, indispensable parts of our knowledge of Scotland in this century.
- Ian Campbell, University of Edinburgh Journal
The book is nicely produced, approachably written, and fairly priced by today's standards. Together with its companion volumes once the Edinburgh History of the Book in Scotland is complete it will surely become a standard and extensively consulted work of reference.
- David Pearson, Rare Books Newsletter
It is all most worthwhile, and the book deserves to be used for many years to come... It is pertinent not just to Scotland, but to all the national histories of the book... Commendably, it is bound in cloth, and has been sewn--both rarities in current book production. It is a credit to Edinburgh University Press.
- The Library
Both [Edinburgh History of the Book in Scotland, Volumes 3 and 4] are handsomely illustrated, and make use of typographic devices, such as subheadings, chronologies, tables and inserted boxes of text to make it easier for users to find their way.
- Times Literary Supplement

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