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The Business of Enlightenment

A Publishing History of the Encyclopédie, 1775–1800

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$50.00 • £40.95 • €45.00

ISBN 9780674087866

Publication Date: 01/01/1987


638 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

Belknap Press


Publishing history, as told by Professor Darnton, turns out to be much meatier and livelier than might be expected… [This book is] a major achievement of American scholarship and in the first rank of those which have been transforming our view of French history during the last twenty years.The New York Review of Books

Darnton’s book succeeds brilliantly in illuminating the nature of late eighteenth-century encyclopedism and its use of science, in tracing the history of the most important book of the century, in revealing the lives of printers, masters, publishers, and even, to some extent, readers. This is an extraordinary achievement and Darnton has produced a book that possesses all the qualities of a classic. The Encyclopédie deserves nothing less, and it has indeed found a historian worthy of its reputation.Isis

The story [Darnton] has to tell is a fascinating one, teased from a complex and obscure documentation with great finesse, told with elegance, wit, and a novelist’s eye for detail, analyzed for its historical implications with clarity and insight.Journal of Modern History

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