By Joseph A. Dane
"As bibliographers or publication historians, we practice our paintings via altering the functionality of the items we learn. We hardly choose up an Aldine variation to learn one of many classical texts it includes. . . . Print tradition, below this thought, isn't a medium for writing or proposal yet a old item of research; our bibliographical box, our personal concoction, turns into the real referent of the items we outline as its foundation."—From the Introduction
What is a ebook within the examine of print tradition? For the student of fabric texts, it's not just a singular replica wearing the original strains of printing and maintenance efforts, or an version, repeated and repeatable, or a automobile for ideas to be abstracted from the actual replica. but if the bibliographer situates a publication reproduction in the tools of ebook heritage, Joseph A. Dane contends, it's the identified set of assumptions which govern the self-discipline that bibliographic arguments privilege, repeat, or problem. "Book history," he writes, "is us."
In Blind Impressions, Dane reexamines the sphere of fabric e-book heritage through wondering its most simple assumptions and definitions. How is print outlined? What are the bounds of printing background? What constitutes proof? His concluding part takes shape as a chain of brief stories in subject matter and version, contemplating such concerns as two-color printing, the composing stick utilized by hand-press printers, the bibliographical prestige of ebook fragments, and the functionality of scholarly representation within the electronic Age. Meticulously particular, deeply discovered, and sometimes contrarian, Blind Impressions is a bracing critique of ways students outline and remedy problems.
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