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The Market For Scholarly Books And Conceptions Of Genre In Northern Europe, 1570-1630

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This chapter investigates the economic conditions which may have contributed to intellectual decline, and especially the reciprocal relationship which exists between producer and consumer not in terms of author and reader but publisher and purchaser. The author hopes to show that the material and legal conditions governing publication promoted certain trends in the marketing and consumption of books which influenced conceptions of genre and contributed to the collapse-perhaps more accurately described as implosion-of the boom in scholarly books in the 1620s. To do this, it is necessary to offer a general account of the Northern European book market, their connections with the world of scholarship, and their influence on the way scholarly activity was categorized and described.

Keywords: mathematical genre; Northern European book market; scholarly books



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