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The Author's Due: Printing and the Prehistory of Copyright

Joseph Loewenstein


This book offers an institutional and cultural history of books, the book trade, and the bibliographic ego. The author traces the emergence of possessive authorship from the establishment of a printing industry in England to the passage of the 1710 Statute of Anne, which provided the legal underpinnings for modern copyright. Along the way he demonstrates that the culture of books, including the idea of the author, is intimately tied to the practical trade of publishing those books. As the author shows, copyright is a form of monopoly that developed alongside a range of related protections such ... More

Keywords: books, book trade, bibliographic ego, possessive authorship, printing industry, 1710 Statute of Anne, copyright, publishing, commercial trusts, author

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780226490403
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226490410.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joseph Loewenstein, author