Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
The Enlightenment & the BookScottish Authors & Their Publishers in Eighteenth-Century Britain, Ireland, and America$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Richard B. Sher

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780226752525

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226752549.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM CHICAGO SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.chicago.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University of Chicago Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in CHSO for personal use.date: 28 September 2021



(p.597) Conclusion
The Enlightenment & the Book
University of Chicago Press

Books were the basic building blocks of the Enlightenment, an edifice erected one block at a time. In reconstructing the book history of the Scottish Enlightenment, this book engaged in the architecture of book culture. It followed a trail from David Hume's boastful pronouncement in the 1750s about Scotland being “the People most distinguished for Literature in Europe” to a time less than fifty years later when that boast had considerably more merit than most contemporaries might have thought possible when it was first uttered. To a very large extent, what made it so was the publishing of new learned and literary books in Scotland, London, and Edinburgh, along with the subsequent reprinting of those books, especially in Dublin and Philadelphia.

Keywords:   book history, Scotland, Enlightenment, book culture, David Hume, reprinting, publishing, London, Edinburgh

Chicago Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.