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This is the introductory chapter of the book, which represents author's engagement with early modern book history since 1985. The legal and confessional aspects of book production were meticulously examined; the topic of libraries and their origins was also explored. The eighteenth century saw several histories of printing and books, notably that by Prosper Marchand in 1740. In the book, the author has standardized some of their features (language, spelling, bibliographical conventions), to give the volume as a whole a sense of unity. In 'The Market for Scholarly Books and Conceptions of Genre in Northern Europe, 1570-1630', the author sets out an overview of the general market conditions, and examines the factors internal to the market which contributed to its severe downturn around 1630.

Keywords: book production; early modern book history



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