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Enlightenment And Expansion

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&t;If no single concept or metaphor can summarise adequately an epoch lasting a century, the one word that best bridges all aspects of the eighteenth century is 'expansion'.&t; Certainly, as much of this book trade was situated in towns, people living in rural areas did not have the same advantages in their access to books. In the Norwegian context, Johann Hubner seems to have been admired for a very long time: his Vollstendige Geographie, for instance, was a classic in Enlightenment book collections, and only at the beginning of the nineteenth century did the audience for this book decline significantly. This literature was also printed in smaller formats, namely, duodecimo and sedecimo. The specific developments considered here is seen as expanding various otherwise stable patterns of book distribution that endured throughout the early modern period. As a general conclusion, several structural changes in the eighteenth-century book market may be witnessed.

Keywords: book distribution; Enlightenment; expansion; nineteenth century; Norwegian



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