The Ascendance of the Imprint in China

Joseph McDermott

in Printing and Book Culture in Late Imperial China

Published by University of California Press

Published in print July 2005 | ISBN: 9780520231269
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520927797 | DOI:
The Ascendance of the Imprint in China

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This chapter examines the history of imprint in China. It questions the univocal account of printing during the Song dynasty and attempts to determine when the imprint eventually replaced the handwritten copy as the principal medium for the Chinese book. The chapter highlights the profound impact on the social, political, and intellectual history of China. It evaluates how the literate elite's world of learning evolved and what role it played in the making of Chinese culture from the eleventh to the seventeenth century.

Keywords: imprint; China; printing; Song dynasty; Chinese book; social history; political history; intellectual history; literate elite; Chinese culture

Chapter.  24441 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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