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By Ina Ferris (ed.), Paul Keen (ed.)

This ground-breaking choice of essays provides a brand new bookish literary historical past, which situates questions about books on the intersection of a variety of debates concerning the position of authors and readers, the association of data, the fashion for gathering, and the impression of overlapping applied sciences of writing and moving regularly occurring barriers.

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For useful distinctions among them, see Daniel White, Early Romanticism and Religious Dissent (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006), and Robert Maniquis, ‘Transfiguring God: Religion, Romanticism, Revolution’ in The Blackwell Concise Companion to Romanticism, ed. Jon Klancher (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2009). 35. First published in the last number of The Director in 1807, this curious dreampassage reappears in all later editions of The Bibliomania, or Book Madness from 1811 to 1903; it was almost certainly the result of Dibdin’s being deeply impressed with the Evangelical social vision of Thomas Bernard, since it appears otherwise at odds with the book-warrior ethos of the swaggering aristocratic collectors Dibdin was cultivating at the same time—or with his later apparent siding with high-church Anglicans against the Evangelical movements (Dibdin, Bibliomania, pp.

If this collector-producer (‘W. ’ from Bath) had meant to celebrate Mathias’s famous work this way, it’s hard to read today without the opposite effect—the startling detail and clarity of their engraved expressions staring back, as if in embodied form, to reply to the shrill assassin of their public figures. It also was a perhaps unintentionally brilliant means of refuting Mathias’s tireless prosecution of anyone who was putting undue emphasis on the material construction of the modern book. At a time when the overall stabilization of the printed book had reached its definitive plateau in the century of the steam press and the stereotype plate, the extreme extra-illustrators were running the history of print in reverse.

For valuable readings of this essay at various stages, I want to thank Thora Brylowe, Jerome McGann, and Leah Price. 2. ‘Bibliographia,’ Encyclopedia Britannica, third edition (Edinburgh, 1791–7) Edinburgh; Thomas Hartwell Horne, An Introduction to the Study of Bibliography (London: Cadell, Davies, 1814) 2 vols. On the importance and scope of the phrase ‘bibliographical codes,’ see McGann, The Textual Condition (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1991). edu/praxis/libraries. 3. Dibdin, ‘Preface’ to Joseph Ames, Typographical Antiquities; or the History of Printing in England, Scotland, and Ireland [1749] (London: William Miller, 1812) II: 3.

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