By Richard Coulton,Matthew Mauger,Christopher Reid

This examine bargains an authoritative and readable account of the hidden background of publication robbery in eighteenth-century London. It exploits a wealthy basic resource, the compelling narratives of crime inside the digitised complaints of the outdated Bailey. The authors clarify how circumstances of booklet robbery got here to court docket, and the way within the resulting trials the character of the booklet itself grew to become a question for criminal debate. They examine the explanations which led Londoners to scouse borrow books and the tools they hired in thefts from families and booksellers. eventually, the authors ask what the complaints tells us in regards to the social possession of books, and the way the phenomenon of ebook robbery in a different way affected publication manufacturers and shoppers. Stealing Books in Eighteenth-Century London will attract readers attracted to the attached histories of metropolitan existence, crime, and the ebook during this interval, and within the makes use of of electronic assets in humanities research.

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