Books Without Borders in Enlightenment Europe
French Cosmopolitanism and German Literary Markets
Publication Year: 2012
Published by: University of Pennsylvania Press
Series: Material Texts
Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
Note on Terminology and Sources
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In the eighteenth century, Germany did not exist as a political entity, but contemporaries used the term nevertheless. When I speak of “Germany,” I am referring to the lands of German- speaking Europe, excluding Switzerland but . . .
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Th is is a study of the transnational French book trade in Enlightenment Eu rope. As such, it belongs to what is known as the history of the book, a vast fi eld of interdisciplinary research, whose subject matter embraces every . . .
Chapter 1. Rite of Spring: The Leipzig Easter Fair and the Literary Marketplace
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early March 1770, as the STN’s presses were turning out the fi rst of its publications, a puzzling letter arrived at the shop in Neuchâtel. It came from a correspondent in German- speaking Switzerland, a fi rm called the . . .
Chapter 2. Whom to Trust? Insolvent Booksellers and the Problem of Credit
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Th e booksellers who traveled to Germany’s literary marketplace had the opportunity to forge personal as well as commercial relations with one another. Th e STN’s directors, however, seldom had the benefi t of knowing their . . .
Chapter 3. French Booksellers in the Reich
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Most of the STN’s principal correspondents in Germany plied their trade in the territories closest to Switzerland, areas that contemporaries described, a little ambiguously, as the “Reich.” Strictly speaking, the Reich . . .
Chapter 4. Demand
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For all of their many dif erences— of temperament, commercial strategy, professional background, and educational level— the French booksellers of the Reich faced a common challenge: to make their supply of French books . . .
Chapter 5. The Word of God in the Age of the Encyclopédie
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During the Reformation, the Protestant strongholds of western Switzerland had been major centers of religious publishing, producing French Bibles, hymnals, and religious propaganda that reformers transmitted to the scattered . . .
Chapter 6. Against the Current: Translating the Aufklärung
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At this point, after having followed French books on so many different journeys across Germany— into the Hessian hinterland in the company of a Huguenot pastor, past the vigilant inspectors of the Bohemian censorship . . .
Chapter 7. From Europe Française to Europe Révolutionnaire: The Career of Jean-Guillaume Virchaux
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While the fictional hero of Nicolai’s novel was regaling readers from Paris to Petersburg, real- life Europeans were traveling too. Aristocrats on their Grand Tours, expatriate philosophes in search of patrons, insolvent debtors in flight . . .
Conclusion. What Were French Books Good For?
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Th e revolutionary war that Virchaux had called for in the Jacobin club fi nally broke out in April 1792; and it raged, with brief interruptions, for more than two de cades, inaugurating “a new era of world history,” to quote . . .
Appendix A. STN Trade with Booksellers in Germany, 1770–1785
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Appendix B. The Folio Bible of 1773: Diffusion
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Appendix C. The Folio Bible of 1779: Prepublication Subscriptions
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Appendix D. The Bible in Germany: The Neuchâtel Folio of 1779 and the Bienne Octavo
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Appendix E. Diffusion of Sebaldus Nothanker in French Translation
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Publication Year: 2012
Series Title: Material Texts