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Steam-Powered Knowledge – William Chambers and the Business of Publishing, 1820-1860 - Chicago Scholarship Online
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Steam-Powered Knowledge: William Chambers and the Business of Publishing, 1820-1860

Aileen Fyfe


In early nineteenth-century Britain, print was not novel—Gutenberg's printing press had been around for nearly four centuries—but printed matter was still a rare and relatively expensive luxury. All this changed, however, as publishers began employing new technologies to astounding effect, mass-producing instructive and educational books and magazines, and revolutionizing how knowledge was disseminated to the general public. This book explores the activities of William Chambers and the W. & R. Chambers publishing firm during its formative years, documenting for the first time how new technolog ... More

Keywords: new technologies, educational books, magazines, hand printing, machine-made paper, stereotyping, railways, steamship routes, distribution

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780226276519
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226276540.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Aileen Fyfe, author