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Heather Haveman. Magazines and the Making of America: Modernization, Community, and Print Culture, 1741-1860

Heather Haveman. Magazines and the Making of America: Modernization, Community, and Print Culture, 1741-1860. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2015. 432p. ISBN 9780691164403. US $45.00.

Haveman’s work explores the changing ways that American magazine publishing and distribution helped create and shape local communities and, increasingly during the nineteenth century, the trans-local communities that are a hallmark of modern life. Her narration and synthesis of data and scholarship on the evolving genres, contents, infrastructures, and institutional workings of American magazines in chapters two through four alone make her work an important source on magazine production and distribution.

Noelle Gallagher. Historical Literatures: Writing about the Past in England, 1660-1740

Noelle Gallagher. Historical Literatures: Writing about the Past in England, 1660-1740. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2016. xx, 272 p., ill. IBSN 978071999243. GBP £16.99 (paperback).

Charting important territory in Restoration and early eighteenth-century literary studies, Noelle Gallagher presses the relationship between history and other forms and genres of writing invested in representing the past, particularly the recent past.

Mapping the Republic of Letters

An intellectual map of science in the Spanish Empire, 1600-1810. Source: http://republicofletters.stanford.edu/casestudies/spanishempire.html

Mapping the Republic of Letters. Stanford University: 2013. <http://republicofletters.stanford.edu/>

Mapping the Republic of Letters is a digital humanities program from Stanford University’s Humanities Center in collaboration with leading international partners. It sheds light on how historical scientific networks contributed to the spread of knowledge from the age of Erasmus to the time of Franklin. Through letters, sociability, and travel this ancient spider’s web was critical to communication and criticism of thought, circulation of people, and commerce of books in the modern era.

James Raven, Bookscape: Geographies of Printing and Publishing in London before 1800

James Raven. Bookscape: Geographies of Printing and Publishing in London before 1800. (The Panizzi Lectures, 2010.) London: The British Library, 2014. xv, 208 p., ill. ISBN 9780712357333. £50.00 (hardback).

This important work, which has its origins in the Panizzi Lecture series delivered by James Raven at the British Library in 2010, is densely stuffed with fact: names, addresses, dates. The work of a major book historian, it paradoxically verges on being book history without the book.