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Books Without Borders in Enlightenment Europe

French Cosmopolitanism and German Literary Markets

Jeffrey Freedman

Publication Year: 2012

Published by: University of Pennsylvania Press

Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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Note on Terminology and Sources

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p. ix-ix

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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Introduction

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pp. 1-15

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 . . .

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Chapter 1. Rite of Spring: The Leipzig Easter Fair and the Literary Marketplace

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pp. 16-42

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 . . .

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Chapter 2. Whom to Trust? Insolvent Booksellers and the Problem of Credit

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pp. 43-61

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 . . .

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Chapter 3. French Booksellers in the Reich

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pp. 62-118

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 . . .

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Chapter 4. Demand

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pp. 119-145

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 . . .

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Chapter 5. The Word of God in the Age of the Encyclopédie

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pp. 146-166

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 . . .

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Chapter 6. Against the Current: Translating the Aufklärung

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pp. 167-219

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 . . .

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Chapter 7. From Europe Française to Europe Révolutionnaire: The Career of Jean-Guillaume Virchaux

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pp. 220-263

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 . . .

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Conclusion. What Were French Books Good For?

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pp. 264-274

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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pp. 275-277

Appendix B. The Folio Bible of 1773: Diffusion

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pp. 278-279

Appendix C. The Folio Bible of 1779: Prepublication Subscriptions

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pp. 280-281

Appendix D. The Bible in Germany: The Neuchâtel Folio of 1779 and the Bienne Octavo

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p. 282-282

Appendix E. Diffusion of Sebaldus Nothanker in French Translation

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pp. 283-285

Notes

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pp. 287-353

Bibliography

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pp. 355-369

Index

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pp. 371-380

Acknowledgments

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pp. 381-382


E-ISBN-13: 9780812206449
Print-ISBN-13: 9780812243895

Publication Year: 2012

Series Title: Material Texts
Series Editor Byline: Series Editors: Roger Chartier, Joseph Farrell, Anthony Grafton, Leah Price, Peter Stallybrass, Michael F. Suarez, S.J.

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Subject Headings

  • Book industries and trade -- France -- History -- 18th century.
  • Book industries and trade -- German-speaking countries -- History -- 18th century.
  • Literature publishing -- France -- History -- 18th century.
  • French language -- German-speaking countries -- History -- 18th century.
  • Enlightenment -- Europe.
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