Centre for the History of the Book

The Edinburgh History of the Book in Scotland

Published in four volumes by Edinburgh University Press, The Edinburgh History of the Book in Scotland is a major scholarly project whose aim is to investigate the history of the production, circulation, and reception of Scottish texts from earliest times to the present.

Book History is a growing area of interdisciplinary enquiry, drawing on the methods of Bibliography, Social History, Literary Criticism and Cultural Theory. Its specific objects of study include literacy and reading practices, relations among publishers, authors and readers, and media production technology.

Whether in the creation of early manuscripts, in the formation of libraries, through fine printing or the development of mass media, Scotland's contributions to the history of the book, both within the nation and beyond its boundaries, have been remarkable.

Volume Summaries

Volume I: From the Earliest Times to 1707

Editors:

Alastair Mann, University of Stirling

Sally Mapstone, Oxford University

Volume I: From the Earliest Times to 1707

Volume II: Enlightenment and Expansion 1707-1800

Editors:

Stephen Brown, Trent University

Warren McDougall, Edinburgh University

Volume II: Enlightenment and Expansion 1707-1800

Volume III: Ambition and Industry 1800-1880

Editor:

Bill Bell, Edinburgh University

Volume III: Ambition and Industry 1800-1880

Volume IV: Professionalism and Diversity 1880-2000

Editors:

Alistair McCleery, Napier University

David Finkelstein, Queen Margaret University College

Volume IV: Professionalism and Diversity 1880-2000