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The business of enlightenment : a publishing history of the Encyclopédie, 1775-1800 / Robert Darnton.

Cambridge : Belknap Press, 1979.
ISBN 0674087852

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Subjects Alembert, Jean Le Rond d', 1717-1783.
Diderot, Denis, 1713-1784.
Encyclopedias and dictionaries, French.
Encyclopédie ou Dictionnaire raisonné des sciences, des arts et des métiers (encyclopedie)
Encyclopédie ou dictionnaire raisonné des sciences, des arts et des métiers.
Encyclopédies et dictionnaires français.
Verlichting (cultuurgeschiedenis)
Description xiv, 624 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Copyright Date 1979.
Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 611-617) and index.
American Historical Association Leo Gershoy Award, 1979.
Contents I. Introduction: The biography of a book -- II. The genesis of a speculation in publishing -- The Neuchâtel reprint plan -- From the reprint to the revised edition -- Joseph Duplain and his quarto 'Encyclopédie -- Publishing, politics, and Panckoucke -- From the revised edition to the quarto -- The Paris conference of 1777 -- The basis of a 'Bonne Affaire' -- III. Juggling editions -- The "second edition" -- The origins of the "third edition" -- Imbroglios -- The Neuchâtel imprint -- Opening gambits of the final negotiations -- Duel by 'Lettre Ostensible' -- The last turn of the screw -- The contract -- IV. Piracy and trade war -- Pirate raids -- The octavo publishers and their 'Encyclopédie' -- The origins of the quarto-octavo war -- The final failure of diplomacy -- Open war -- Pourparlers for peace -- A Drôle de Paix -- V. Bookmaking -- Strains on the production system -- Procuring paper -- Copy -- Recruiting workers -- Setting wages -- Pacing work and managing labor -- Printing: Technology and the human element -- VI. Diffusion -- Managerial problems and polemics -- Marketing -- Booksellers -- Prices and consumers -- The sales pattern -- Subscribers, a case study -- Diffusion in France -- Diffusion outside France -- Reading -- VII. Settling accounts -- The hidden schism of 1778 -- A preliminary 'Règlement de Comptes' -- The feud between Duplain and the STN -- Marketing maneuvers -- The Perrin affair -- The anatomy of a swindle -- The final confrontation in Lyons -- Dénouement -- Epilogue -- VIII. The ultimate Encyclopédie -- The origins of the Encyclopédie méthodique -- The climactic moment in enlightenment publishing -- The Liégeois settlement -- Panckoucke's conception of the supreme Encyclopédie -- Panckoucke as an editor -- The authors of the Méthodique -- Two generations of encyclopedists -- From Voltairianism to professionalism -- Launching the biggest book of the century -- IX. Encyclopedism, capitalism, and revolution -- Panckoucke's folly -- From encyclopedism to Jacobinism -- An enlightenment publisher in a cultural revolution -- The last of the encyclopedists -- X. Conclusion -- The production and diffusion of enlightenment -- Enlightenment publishing and the spirit of capitalism -- The Encyclopédie and the state -- The cultural revolution -- Appendices: -- A. Contracts of the Encyclopédie publishers, 1776-1780 -- B. Subscriptions to the quarto Encyclopédie -- C. Incidence of subscriptions in major French cities -- D. Contributors to the Encyclopédie Méthodique.
Network Numbers (OCoLC)4493201
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WorldCat Identities Darnton, Robert.
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