Adams and Barker 1993
Adams, Thomas R. and Nicolas Barker. "A New Model for the Study of the Book." A Potencie of Life: Books in Society. Ed. Nicolas Barker. London: British Library, 1993. 5-43.
Martin, Febvre, The coming of the book -- began tradition of "the history of the book"
Eisenstein presented a critique of history with Printing Press -- social revolutions caused by printing press, rather than other way around; Darnton, too, focusing on Enlightenment
the bibliographer is thus "unexpectedly dragged into the limelight by academic historians" (6)
bibliography used to occupy same position as archaeology; but now seems doomed always to be a handmiden to other disciplines
- "The power of books is not just what strikes the eye, but what may be latent, to be disclosed in the future." (9)
- "latent power is vastly magnified by the multiplicity of copies" (9)
bibliographers often too content "to dig their own small patch"; social historians can add much (10)
criticisms of Darnton's communication circuit:
- term "publisher" is anachronistic
- shipper (simply providing a service as he would for any other commodity) not as important as more general lines of communication
- most importantly, deals with people rather than books (12); focuses on history of communication
- "it ignores the sheer randomness, the speculative uncertainty of the book trade." (12)
term "book" doesn't include broadsides, ephemera, etc.; Adams and Baker propose "bibliographical document" (13) -- limit is if "the agent's intention involves the process of duplication" (13)