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    Select documents: Sir James Ware's bibliographic lists

    Empey, Mark (2014) Select documents: Sir James Ware's bibliographic lists. Irish Historical Studies, 39 (153). pp. 112-125. ISSN 0021-1214

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    At first glance the low yield of books produced by the Dublin printing presses for circulation in early Stuart Ireland could lead to two hasty conclusions: first, that Irish society was unreceptive towards reading; and second, that the printing presses had to contend with a very small (literate) target audience.1 Yet nothing could be further from the truth. In recent years Raymond Gillespie has done much to dispel these suppositions.2 His appraisal of English port books, printing press accounts from the continent and library borrowing lists plainly demonstrates the appetite of an interested reading public in lreland.3 The value of analysing book loaning lists was further underlined by William O'Sullivan when he partially revealed the borrowing records belonging to the historian and antiquarian, Sir James Ware.4 In so doing, he drew attention to the potential of a deeper exploration of Irish cultural and intellectual life.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Sir James Ware; bibliographic lists; Ireland; History; Printing; early Stuart Ireland;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Arts & Humanities > History
    Item ID: 5607
    Depositing User: Mark Empey
    Date Deposited: 09 Dec 2014 12:04
    Journal or Publication Title: Irish Historical Studies
    Refereed: Yes
      Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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