Batchelor, Stephen. Secular Buddhism: Imagining the Dharma in an Uncertain World. New Haven: Yale UP, 2017. xi, 285p., bibl., index, $27.50. Applying Buddhist principles, practice, and ethics in the modern world without religious belief.
Baumgarten, Elisheva, Ruth Mazo Karras, and Katelyn Mesler, eds. Entangled Histories: Knowledge, Authority, and Jewish Culture in the Thirteenth Century. Philadelphia: U of Pennsylvania P, 2017. viii, 356p., ill., index, $69.95. Twelve essays on exchanges between intellectual communities, secular and religious authorities, and the transmission of texts across geographic and linguistic boundaries.
Bedos-Rezak, Brigitte Miriam and Jeffrey F. Hamburger, eds. Sign and Design: Script as Image in Cross-Cultural Perspective (300–1600 ce). Washington, D.C.: Dumbarton Oaks, 2016. x, 294p., ill., index, $75. The merger of drawing and writing from Egyptian and Mayan glyphs through medieval manuscript culture.
Beiser, Frederick C. Weltschmerz: Pessimism in German Philosophy, 1860–1900. New York: Oxford UP, 2016. ix, 301p., bibl., index. Schopenhauer, Julius Frauensta¨dt, Eugen Dühring, Eduard von Hartmann, Philipp Mainla¨nder, and Julius Bahnsen.
Bergès, Sandrine and Alan Coffee, eds. The Social and Political Philosophy of Mary Wollstonecraft. New York: Oxford UP, 2016. xiii, 247p., bibl., index. Twelve essays on marriage, motherhood, virtue, and autonomy.
Bèze, Théodore de. Correspondance de Théodore de Bèze. Vol. 42, 1602–1602. Ed. Hippolyte Aubert et al. Geneva: Droz, 2016. xxviii, 180p., index. Letters 2717 to 2756 in French or Latin, annotated, plus one in Greek (with French translation).
Birkenmaier, Anke. The Specter of Races: Latin American Anthropology and Literature Between the Wars. Charlottesville: U of Virginia P, 2016. viii, 210p., bibl., ill., index, $29.50. Cuban anthropologist Fernando Ortiz, Haitian novelist Jacques Roumain, museum director Paul Rivet, Brazilian sociologist Gilberto Freyre, and their networks of scholarship in Spain, France, and the United States.
Bracha, Oren. Owning Ideas: The Intellectual Origins of American Intellectual Property, 1790–1909. New York: Cambridge UP, 2016. viii, 324p., index, $49.99. Ownership in intangible objects and their value as marketplace commodities, as debated in case law.
Barash, Jeffrey Andrew. Collective Memory and the Historical Past. Chicago: U of Chicago P, 2016. x, 268p., bibl., ill., index, $45. A philosophy of public history in the age of mass communication and digital technology.
Cohen, Joanna. Luxurious Citizens: The Politics of Consumption in Nineteenth-Century America. Philadelphia: U of Pennsylvania P, 2017. [End Page 497] 284p., ill., index, $45. Democracy as freedom to consume and indulgence of desire for the sake of the public good.
Crow, Matthew. Thomas Jefferson, Legal History, and the Art of Recollection. New York: Cambridge UP, 2017. xii, 282p., index, $49.99. The history of law in early modern political thought and Jefferson's practices as a reader, writer, and collector of texts.
Darwin, Charles. The Correspondence of Charles Darwin. Vol. 24, 1876, and Supplement 1838–1875. Ed. Frederick Burkhardt et al. New York: Cambridge UP, 2016. xlvi, 866p., bibl., ill., index, $140. Orchids, Cross and Self Fertilisation, the death of daughter-in-law Amy, a full inbox of mail, and a new typewriter.
Davies, Surekha. Renaissance Ethnography and the Invention of the Human: New Worlds, Maps and Monsters. New York: Cambridge UP, 2016. xxviii, 355p., bibl., ill., index. Sixteenth-century maps of Ibero-America as tools for establishing human diversity and its limits.
Dzon, Mary. The Quest for the Christ Child in the Later Middle Ages. Philadelphia: U of Pennsylvania P, 2017. x, 408p., bibl., ill., index. The imitation of a Christ known through apocryphal texts.
Egmond, Florike. Eye for Detail: Images of Plants and Animals in Art and Science 1500–1630. London: Reaktion, 2017. 280p., ill., index, $50. The role in naturalia collections of high-quality naturalistic representations in ordering the natural universe.
Feros, Antonio. Speaking of Spain: The Evolution of Race and Nation in the Hispanic World. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard UP, 2017. 367p., ill., index, $45. Whether the union of kingdoms created a single fatherland or merely a dynastic monarchy of separate nations and whether the plurality of types in the New World colonies could be called essentially "Spanish."
Folch, Marcus. The City and the Stage: Performance, Genre, and Gender in Plato's Laws. New York: Oxford UP, 2015. xiii, 386p...