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The Resource A literary tour de France : the world of books on the eve of the French Revolution, Robert Darnton

A literary tour de France : the world of books on the eve of the French Revolution, Robert Darnton

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A literary tour de France : the world of books on the eve of the French Revolution
Title
A literary tour de France
Title remainder
the world of books on the eve of the French Revolution
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Robert Darnton
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Language
eng
Summary
"The publishing industry in France in the years before the Revolution was a lively and sometimes rough-and-tumble affair, as publishers and printers scrambled to deal with (and if possible evade) shifting censorship laws and tax regulations, in order to cater to a reading public's appetite for books of all kinds, from the famous Encyclopédie, repository of reason and knowledge, to scandal-mongering libel and pornography. Historian and librarian Robert Darnton uses his exclusive access to a trove of documents-letters and documents from authors, publishers, printers, paper millers, type founders, ink manufacturers, smugglers, wagon drivers, warehousemen, and accountants-involving a publishing house in the Swiss town of Neuchatel to bring this world to life. Like other places on the periphery of France, Switzerland was a hotbed of piracy, carefully monitoring the demand for certain kinds of books and finding ways of fulfilling it. Focusing in particular on the diary of Jean-François Favarger, a traveling sales rep for a Swiss firm whose 1778 voyage, on horseback and on foot, around France to visit bookstores and renew accounts forms the spine of this story, Darnton reveals not only how the industry worked and which titles were in greatest demand, but the human scale of its operations. A Literary Tour de France is literally that. Darnton captures the hustle, picaresque comedy, and occasional risk of Favarger's travels in the service of books, and in the process offers an engaging, immersive, and unforgettable narrative of book culture at a critical moment in France's history"--
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Darnton, Robert
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illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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  • Favarger, Jean-François
  • Société typographique de Neuchâtel
  • Book industries and trade
  • Booksellers and bookselling
  • Books and reading
  • Book industries and trade
  • Traveling sales personnel
  • Publishers and publishing
Label
A literary tour de France : the world of books on the eve of the French Revolution, Robert Darnton
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: the world of books -- Neuchâtel: our man on Mission -- Pontarlier: smuggling the border crossings -- Lons-le-Saunier: sizing up shops -- Bourg-en-Bresse: selling books, collecting bills -- Lyon: entrepreneurs and buccaneers -- Lyon: domestic contraband -- Avignon: the trade in trading -- Nîmes, Montpellier, Marseille: the struggle for survival in the South -- Toulouse, Bordeaux, La Rochelle, Poitiers: hard scrabble in the Southwest -- Loudun: peddling and the capillary system -- Blois, Orléans, Dijon: upmarket and downmarket in France's heartland -- Besançon: book country at its best -- Neuchâtel: an overview of the demand for literature -- Conclusion: lived literature
Control code
ocn982092908
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xv, 358 pages
Isbn
9780195144512
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)982092908
Label
A literary tour de France : the world of books on the eve of the French Revolution, Robert Darnton
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: the world of books -- Neuchâtel: our man on Mission -- Pontarlier: smuggling the border crossings -- Lons-le-Saunier: sizing up shops -- Bourg-en-Bresse: selling books, collecting bills -- Lyon: entrepreneurs and buccaneers -- Lyon: domestic contraband -- Avignon: the trade in trading -- Nîmes, Montpellier, Marseille: the struggle for survival in the South -- Toulouse, Bordeaux, La Rochelle, Poitiers: hard scrabble in the Southwest -- Loudun: peddling and the capillary system -- Blois, Orléans, Dijon: upmarket and downmarket in France's heartland -- Besançon: book country at its best -- Neuchâtel: an overview of the demand for literature -- Conclusion: lived literature
Control code
ocn982092908
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xv, 358 pages
Isbn
9780195144512
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)982092908

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