Old Books and New Histories

An Orientation to Studies in Book and Print Culture

Hardcover, 128 pages

English language

Published Sept. 25, 2006 by University of Toronto Press.

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Rereading this as teaching prep and rediscovering how much I love this book. It was just about the first thing I read as a budding book historian to help me think about what the field might be. And returning to those questions today from a position of much greater familiarity with book history, I’m struck by how nuanced and yet available to newcomers Howsam is (and now that I know Leslie, it’s no surprise—she and her work are like that!). Anyways, if you’re looking to get a sense of why and what book history might be, this will be tremendously helpful.


  • Literary studies: general
  • Publishing industry
  • History - General History
  • Literary Criticism
  • Literature - Classics / Criticism
  • Books & Reading
  • Publishing
  • History / General
  • History
  • Books
  • Histoire
  • Livres