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From the early Sumerian clay pill via to the emergence of the digital textual content, this Companion presents a continual and coherent account of the historical past of the ebook.
* uses illustrative examples and case reports of famous texts
* Written via a bunch of specialist contributors
* Covers topical debates, similar to the character of censorship and the way forward for the booklet

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23 dissertations”) is symptomatic of a general decline in positivist and “detailed” scholarship. While it would be difficult to contradict Graff’s analysis of the symptoms, I believe that he is mistaken in his prognosis that only by making “an alliance with theory” can textual scholars “reverse the downward fortunes of editing,” just as I believe that Paul de Man is wrong in characterizing Reuben Brower’s concentration on “the text itself” as a “return to philology, to an examination of the structure of language prior to the meaning it produces” (1986: 24).

While by no means an expert on ninth-century Irish philosophy or theology, I was asked to contribute an essay on a recent edition of Eriugena’s Periphyseon to a commemorative issue of the American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly (Greetham 2005). The terms of this invitation were very specific, ideologically and methodologically: I was to examine the weighty, five-volume edition of the Periphyseon – produced under the auspices of the Corpus Christianorvm Continuatio Mediaeualis (CCCM) by a learned Jesuit, Édouard 28 David Greetham Jeaneau – “like the postmodernist you really are” (as the journal editor put it).

W. and Redgrave, G. R. (1976–91) A Short-title Catalogue of Books Printed in England, Scotland, & Ireland and of English Books Printed Abroad, 1475–1640, 2nd edn. London: Bibliographical Society. ” Proceedings of the Modern Language Association of America, 119: 1347–52. Stokes, Roy (1969) The Function of Bibliography. London: André Deutsch. Tanselle, G. Thomas (1971) Guide to the Study of United States Imprints, 2 vols. Cambridge, MA: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press. — (1981) The History of Books as a Field of Study.

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