The Coming of the Book

The Impact of Printing, 1450-1800

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Lucien Febvre and Henri-Jean Martin

Verso / 2010 / 378 pp / Translated from the French by David Gerard / Edited by Geoffrey Nowell-Smith and David Wootton

Originally published as L’Apparition du Livre by Editions Albin Michel in 1958, Verso’s translation first appeared in 1976. An account of the political, economic, social and technological changes that came with the arrival of print, it is particularly useful on the development of book production and publishing in a European context.

The Coming of the Book is available to buy online from Verso.