By Jeffrey Freedman
Though the sector of publication background has lengthy been divided into discrete nationwide histories, books have seldom been as respectful of nationwide borders because the historians who examine them—least of all within the age of Enlightenment while French books reached readers all through Europe. during this erudite and engagingly written research, Jeffrey Freedman examines probably the most very important axes of the transnational e-book exchange in Enlightenment Europe: the circulate of French books among France and the German-speaking lands. targeting the severe position of booklet purchasers as cultural intermediaries, he follows French books via every one level in their journey—from the French-language printing retailers the place they have been produced, to the wholesale e-book festivals in Leipzig, to retail ebook retailers at destinations scattered greatly all through Germany. At a few of these destinations, specialists reacted with alarm to the unfold of French books, burning works of the novel French Enlightenment and punishing the booksellers who offered them. yet officers had little energy to curtail their circulate: the political fragmentation of the German lands made it almost very unlikely to police the ebook exchange. mostly unimpeded via censorship, French books circulated extra freely in Germany than within the absolutist monarchy of France.
In comparability, the move of German books into the French industry was once negligible—an asymmetry that corresponded to the hierarchy of languages in Enlightenment Europe. yet publishers in Switzerland produced French translations of German books. via name adjustments, artistic modifying, and mendacious ads, the Swiss publishers tailored works of the German Enlightenment for an viewers of French-readers that stretched from Dublin to Moscow.
An cutting edge contribution to either the historical past of the e-book and the transnational research of the Enlightenment, Freedman's paintings tells a narrative of the most important significance to knowing the stream of texts in an age within which the concept that of global Literature had no longer but been invented, however the phenomenon already existed.
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