online resources: history of the book

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  1. More rough notes.
    From the journal Publishing History:
    44 (1998)
    1: Stephen Colclough: Recovering the Reader: Commonplace books and diaries as sources of reading experience (5-37)
    4: Teresa Gerrard: New Methods in the History of Reading: ‘Answers to Correspondents’ in the Family Herald, 1860-1900 (53-69)
    49 (2001)
    1: Jane Desforges: ‘Satisfaction and Improvement’: a study of reading in a small Quaker community 1770-1820 (5-47)
    From A History of Reading in the West: “Was There a Reading Revolution at the End of the Eighteenth Century?” by Reinhard Wittmann.
    Orla Smyth, “Books within Books: What Did Clarissa Harlowe Read? A Note on the History of Reading Practices.” Bulletin de la Societe D’Etudes Anglo-Americaines des Xviie et Xviiie Siecles. 48 (1999 June): 103-21.
    J. Crawford, “Reading and Book Use in 18th-Century Scotland.” The Bibliotheck: a Scottish Journal of Bibliography & Allied Topics. 19 (1994): 23-43.
    Koenraad Geldof, “Authority, Reading, Reflexivity: Pierre Bourdieu and the Aesthetic Judgment of Kant.” Diacritics-A Review of Contemporary Criticism. 27.1 (1997 Spring):20-43.
    Robert DeMaria, Jr., Samuel Johnson and the Life of Reading. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins UP, 1997.
    Kate Levin, “‘The Cure of Arabella’s Mind’: Charlotte Lennox and the Disciplining of the Female Reader.” Women’s Writing 2.3 (1995): 271-90.
    James Raven, “Modes of Reading and Writing in the Eighteenth-Century Private Library.” Lesen und Schreiben im 17. und 18. Jahrhundert. ed. by Paul Goetsch. Tybingen: Narr, 1994. 49-60. (ISBN: 3-8233-4555-9)
    Bertram Eugene Schwarzbach, “How to Read in the Eighteenth Century: The Bible and Other Books.” Studies on Voltaire & the Eighteenth Century 303 (1992):601-02.

  2. H. J. Jackson, Marginalia: Readers Writing in Books. New Haven: Yale UP, 2001.
    Roger Stoddard, Marks in Books Illustrated and Explain. Bookpress Ltd, 1985.
    Marks in Books: Proceedings of the 1997 Bibliographical Society of America Conference, ed. by Roger Stoddard. The Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America 91.4.
    R. C. Alston, Books with Manuscript: A Short Title Catalogue of Books with Manuscript Notes in the British Library. London: British Library, 1994.
    Stephen Barney, ed., Annotation and Its Texts. New York: Oxford University Press, 1991.

  3. From the ASECS/SHARP project list: “Speaking Volumes: Women, Reading, and Speech in the Age of Austen (Stanford UP, 2002) examines (in part) the continuing importance of oral reading in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. The book relies on evidence from sources including elocution texts, schoolbooks, diaries, and novels (especially those of Jane Austen). While not discounting the symbolic importance of the silent solitary reader, it explores how the oral performance of literature fostered middle-class domesticity and argues that reading aloud was understood as a way of practicing authoritative speech.”
    Patricia Howell Michaelson, Literary Studies, University of Texas at Dallas

  4. I thank you for the link on Austen. Coincidentally, I was in the middle of “Pride and Prejudice” and had been musing over the practice of literary oral performance (and its demise) when I came upon your entry.

  5. Greetings from Bath! (And I wonder if you’ll remember me from our shared panel at SHARP back in July last year…?)
    Many thanks for including links to HoBo and to the D.F. McKenzie website; however, I wonder if you could amend the link you’ve given for HoBo to
    It sends you to exactly the same server as the link you gave but it’s a slighter nicer-looking (and more memorable) URL. The D.F. McKenzie website is available as a direct link from the opening page of HoBo.

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