By Joseph A. Dane

"As bibliographers or e-book historians, we practice our paintings through altering the functionality of the gadgets we research. We hardly ever decide up an Aldine version to learn one of many classical texts it comprises. . . . Print tradition, lower than this suggestion, isn't really a medium for writing or notion yet a historic item of research; our bibliographical box, our personal concoction, turns into the genuine referent of the gadgets we outline as its foundation."—From the Introduction

What is a booklet within the examine of print tradition? For the student of fabric texts, it isn't just a singular replica wearing the original strains of printing and upkeep efforts, or an version, repeated and repeatable, or a car for ideas to be abstracted from the actual replica. but if the bibliographer situates a ebook replica in the equipment of booklet historical past, 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 sphere of fabric publication background by way of wondering its most elementary assumptions and definitions. How is print outlined? What are the boundaries of printing historical past? What constitutes facts? His concluding part takes shape as a chain of brief reports in subject and edition, contemplating such issues as two-color printing, the composing stick utilized by hand-press printers, the bibliographical prestige of booklet fragments, and the functionality of scholarly representation within the electronic Age. Meticulously special, deeply discovered, and sometimes contrarian, Blind Impressions is a bracing critique of ways students outline and remedy problems.

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