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Innes M. Keighren, Charles W. J. Withers, and Bill Bell. Travels into Print: Exploration, Writing, and Publishing with John Murray, 1773–1859

Innes M. Keighren, Charles W. J. Withers, and Bill Bell. Travels into Print: Exploration, Writing, and Publishing with John Murray, 1773–1859. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 2015. xiv, 370p., ill. (w/ col. plates). ISBN 9780226429533. US $45 (hardback).

Research in print culture has increasingly come to take account of the way books travel in space as well as time: not for nothing was SHARP’s 2013 conference on the theme “geographies of the book.” This significant and timely volume, drawing on the uniquely rich records of the John Murray archive at the National Library of Scotland, is a major contribution to the study of the journeys made not only by authors, but also by their books.

Betty A. Schellenberg. Literary Coteries and the Making of Modern Print Culture, 1710-1790

Betty A. Schellenberg. Literary Coteries and the Making of Modern Print Culture, 1710-1790. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016. 320p., 15 black and white illus. ISBN 9781107128163. £64.99 (hardback).

Betty Schellenberg’s wide-ranging and theoretically informed study using the terms and concepts of media ecology is a welcome addition to the growing body of work on eighteenth-central scribal publication culture, a revisionist area of research that argues for what Schellenberg terms the “interpenetration” of manuscript and print culture throughout the eighteenth century.

Catherine Pickett. Bibliography of the East India Company: Books, Pamphlets and Other Material Printed Between 1600 and 1785

Catherine Pickett. Bibliography of the East India Company: Books, Pamphlets and Other Material Printed Between 1600 and 1785. London: The British Library, 2011. xvi, 304 p. ISBN 9780712358446. £50.00 (hardback).

The product of several decades of painstaking research, this magnificent bibliography contains details of over 1500 printed works relating to the East India Company, between its formation in 1600 and 1785, when the passing of Pitt’s India Act (1784) bought the organisation more firmly under Parliamentary control. This comprehensive, detailed and informative collection is of immense value, both as a reference tool and as an important scholarly work in its own right, and is sure to prove a boon to those whose research and teaching interests pertain to commercial and colonial expansion in India in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.