Readership: Those interested in publishing history, company histories, book history, cultural and industrial history, and the history of Oxford particularly. It will appeal to academics working and teaching in
these subjects, and also to authors, academics, and readers connected with Oxford or OUP.
Edited by Ian Gadd, Professor of English Literature, Bath Spa University, Simon Eliot, Professor of the History of the Book, University of London, and Wm. Roger Louis, Kerr Professor of History, University of Texas at Austin
Ian Gadd is Professor of English Literature at Bath Spa University. He is a General Editor of the Cambridge Works of Jonathan Swift.
Simon Eliot is Professor of the History of the Book in the Institute of English Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London. He directs the MA in the History of the Book, and the London
Rare Books School. He is a visiting professor of book history at the Open University, where he set up the Reading Experience Database (RED), and at the University of Reading. He has published on quantitative book history, publishing history, the history of reading, the history of lighting, and library history. He has co-edited The Blackwell Companion to the History of the Book and Literary Cultures and the Material Book. He is General Editor of the new multi-volume History of Oxford University Press.
Wm. Roger Louis (D.Litt., Oxford), CBE, FBA, is Kerr Professor at the University of Texas and Honorary Fellow of St Antony's College, Oxford. A Past President of the American
Historical Association, he is Editor-in-Chief of the Oxford History of the British Empire. His books include Ends of British Imperialism (2006).
"This massive work of collaborative scholarship covers the period from 1896 to 1970, when the Press became a huge global business wit and elegance animate the chapters. Eccentric dons, cliquey conspiracies and slick scuttlebutt combine in an engaging narrative. Lightly worn learning makes pulping machinery and type foundries fascinating. The book discloses, little by little, the puzzle of how the Press became great." - Times Higher Education
"A landmark achievement in scholarship" - Oxford Today
"an impressive volume - well printed and presented and excellently edited. It also has some gossip. Oxford
readers will like that." - Bernard Porter, The Guardian
"These three volumes reflect many of the current interests among historians and bibliographers. If the outlines of the story are already known, there is a vast quantity of fresh material, with valuable fresh perceptions and perspectives." - David McKitterick, The Book Collector