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date: 28 February 2020

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Building on recent print-culture and book-history approaches, this chapter explores the ways that book production in the Romantic period was shaped by a range of factors, including technological advances such as the development of the Stanhope printing press, commercial innovations such as advertising, the evolution of a more sophisticated economic infrastructure, and political issues that frequently turned on print’s ability to reach an audience that extended beyond the traditional reading public. Assumptions in the period about book production were also influenced by highly self-reflexive debates that were inspired by all of these developments, and which raised questions that have become prominent again today in our own debates about the nature and importance of books and the changing and contested definition of ‘the literary’.

Keywords: publishing, technology, printing press, paper-making, commerce, advertising, political debates, book history, print culture, reading public

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