The history of the Book has been built on the solid foundation of national, local and individual studies of printers, publishers and publishing networks. Though this makes good sense from a practical and logistical point of view, it risks obscuring the essential fact that the production and sale of books was, from the beginnings of print, a trans-national and international trade. Books and texts moved effortlessly across national boundaries. The building of a library, and the economics of the industry, depended on the efficient functioning of an international market, and publishers planned their output with this in mind.
This conference will consider contributions on a variety of aspects on this international and multi-lingual book world. Authors whose books found an international audience, books that travelled, the new vogue for multilingual publication and translation, publishers and wholesalers who build their business around international markets will all be considered; as will the sinews of this trade, transactions, book fairs and accounting practice.
With contributions from:
James Raven, Brendan Dooley, Giovanna Granata, Angela Nuovo, Warren Boucher, Stephen Parkin, Zsuzsa Barbarics-Hermanik, Malcolm Walsby, Valentina Sebastiani, Benito Rial Costas, M R Geldof, Graeme Kemp, Martine van Ittersum, Shanti Graheli, Louisa Hunter-Bradley, Matthew Laube, Caroline Duroselle-Melish, Alina Laura de Luca, Marco Cavietti, Huub van der Linden, Anston Bosman, Nina Lamal, Stefania Gargioni