By Joseph A. Dane
"As bibliographers or ebook historians, we practice our paintings by way of altering the functionality of the items we research. We not often decide up an Aldine version to learn one of many classical texts it comprises. . . . Print tradition, lower than this thought, isn't really a medium for writing or notion yet a old item of research; our bibliographical box, our personal concoction, turns into the genuine referent of the gadgets we outline as its foundation."—From the Introduction
What is a ebook within the examine of print tradition? For the coed of fabric texts, it isn't just a singular reproduction wearing the original lines of printing and renovation efforts, or an variation, repeated and repeatable, or a car for ideas to be abstracted from the actual replica. but if the bibliographer situates a booklet reproduction in the tools of booklet historical past, Joseph A. Dane contends, it's the identified set of assumptions which govern the self-discipline that bibliographic arguments privilege, repeat, or problem. "Book history," he writes, "is us."
In Blind Impressions, Dane reexamines the sphere of fabric e-book heritage by means of wondering its most simple assumptions and definitions. How is print outlined? What are the bounds of printing historical past? What constitutes proof? His concluding part takes shape as a chain of brief stories in subject and version, contemplating such concerns as two-color printing, the composing stick utilized by hand-press printers, the bibliographical prestige of e-book fragments, and the functionality of scholarly representation within the electronic Age. Meticulously specified, deeply discovered, and infrequently contrarian, Blind Impressions is a bracing critique of ways students outline and resolve problems.
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