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Presentation
Beyond the Atlantic: British India, Book Circulation, and the Transmission of Knowledge in the Eighteenth Century
Rare Book School (2015)
  • Arthur Mitchell Fraas, University of Pennsylvania
Abstract

Scholars have long understood that in the eighteenth century, the publishing, reading, and book-buying communities of Europe and the Atlantic world were inextricably linked. In the English-speaking world, libraries and printers in both colonial North America and Great Britain served to disseminate and collect the rapidly accelerating stream of ideas in print that characterized the era. This talk will explore the need to expand this Atlantic view to include the growing world-wide movement of texts and readers in the eighteenth century and describe the little-studied flow of books and manuscripts between libraries, readers, and collectors in colonial South Asia and those in Europe. Combining digital visualization and traditional book history sources including auction records, subscription library catalogs, bibliographies, and material provenance evidence, the lecture will show how understanding this transcontinental circulation of manuscripts and books tells us a different story about the history of ideas and the place of South Asia in the European imagination.

Keywords
  • book history,
  • India
Disciplines
Publication Date
July 7, 2015
Citation Information
Arthur Mitchell Fraas. "Beyond the Atlantic: British India, Book Circulation, and the Transmission of Knowledge in the Eighteenth Century" Rare Book School (2015)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/mitch_fraas/15/