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A History of the Frankfurt Book Fairby Peter Weidhaas
Synopses & Reviews
A colourful and revealing look at more than 500 years of commerce conducted at the renowned Frankfurt Book Fair, from its beginnings in the Middle Ages. Even then, in spite of internal strife and religious upheaval, books were becoming increasingly accessible to those who found their way to Frankfurt to buy, sell, and promote. The fact that King Henry VIII sent Sir Thomas Bodley as his personal emissary to purchase books for the new library at Oxford University is an indication of the Fair's growing importance outside Germany. Through the ensuing centuries, the fortunes of the Fair waxed and waned; however, the period following the Second World War brought with it a new spirit of renewal that has yet to lose momentum. In recent years, increasing number of international book fairs have taken the Frankfurt model, and each is finding its own way to further enrich the world of books everywhere.
About the Author
Peter Weidhaas served as Director of the Frankfurt Book Fair from 1975 to the new millenium and was ideally positioned to view the last quarter of the twentieth century at the Fair from the inside out.
Carolyn Gossage grew up in Toronto and is author of several books. After teaching for more than a decade, Carolyn decided to concentrate on new writing and research projects.
Wendy Wright has over 30 years' experiencing teaching and administering German programs in Toronto. With degrees from Canada, U.S., France, Germany, and Austria, she has taught on three continents and published widely.
Table of Contents
Part 1. The Original Frankfurt Book Fairs (1454-1764) from the Middle Ages to the Reformation and the Age of Reason — 1. A Man Hurries through Frankfurt — October 1454 — 2. A Book Fair Is Created — 3. A Thriving Centre — 4. A Meeting of Minds on Buchgasse — 5. The Frankfurt Book Fair in the Seventeenth Century — 6. The Issue of Imperial-Catholic Book Censorship — 7. The Gradual Decline of the Book Fair in Frankfurt — Part 2. Leipzig's Era of Supremacy (1764-1861) — 8. Leipzig's Historic Role.
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