By Joseph A. Dane

"As bibliographers or ebook historians, we practice our paintings via altering the functionality of the items we examine. We not often decide up an Aldine version to learn one of many classical texts it includes. . . . Print tradition, below this concept, isn't really a medium for writing or idea yet a old item of analysis; 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 publication within the examine of print tradition? For the coed of fabric texts, it's not just a singular replica wearing the original strains of printing and upkeep efforts, or an variation, repeated and repeatable, or a automobile for ideas to be abstracted from the actual reproduction. but if the bibliographer situates a ebook reproduction in the equipment of booklet heritage, Joseph A. Dane contends, it's the recognized 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 sector of fabric ebook historical past by way of 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 reports in subject matter and edition, contemplating such issues as two-color printing, the composing stick utilized by hand-press printers, the bibliographical prestige of e-book fragments, and the functionality of scholarly representation within the electronic Age. Meticulously specific, deeply discovered, and sometimes contrarian, Blind Impressions is a bracing critique of ways students outline and remedy problems.

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