Contents: Introduction; Part I The Physical Book, or Matters Material: Continental paper wrappers and publishers' bindings in the 18th century, Giles Barber; Notes on 18th-century British paper, Philip Gaskell; The rococo 18th century, John Harthan; Quotation marks, national compositorial habits and false imprints, C.J. Mitchell; The memorandum book of James Coghlan: the stock of an 18th-century printer and binder, Howard M. Nixon. Part II Matters Authorial: French women in print, 1750–1800: an essay in historical bibliography, Carla Hesse; Printing for the author: from the Bowyer printing ledgers, 1710–1775, Keith Maslen; Rewriting the role of the writer: on the 18th century as the age of the author, John A. McCarthy. Part III Trade Matters: Practices and Practitioners: The Stationers' Company in the 18th century, Cyprian Blagden; The publishers and the pirates: British copyright law in theory and practice, 1710–1775, John Feather; Patronage across frontiers: subscription publishing in French in Enlightenment Europe, Wallace Kirsop; The antiquarian trade in Britain 1695–1830: the use of auction and booksellers' catalogues, Richard Landon; The history of the book and publishing in 18th-century Italy, Renato Pasta; Investing in books: the supremacy of the booksellers, James Raven; London trade publishers, 1675–1750, Michael Treadwell. Part IV Periodicals and Newpapers, or Matters Serial: The periodical press in 18th-century English and French society: a cross-cultural approach, Stephen Botein, Jack R. Censer and Harriet Ritvo; Constructing the frameworks of desire: how newspapers sold books in the 17th and 18th centuries, Christine Ferdinand; Review journals and the reading public, Antonia Forster; Locating the serial: some ideas about the position of the serial in relation to the 18th-century print culture, Michael Harris. Part V Reading and Related Matters: Practices of reading: part 1. Literacy and schoolbooks, Ross W. Beales and E. Jennifer Monaghan; Practices of reading: part 3. Libraries and their users, Ross W. Beales and James N. Green; The printed word, Joost Kloek and Wijnand Mijnhardt; The state of libraries in 18th-century Europe: Adalbert Blumenschein's 'Beschreibung Verscheidener Bibliotheken in Europa', Thomas D. Walker; Publication and the public sphere, Michael Warner; Was there a reading revolution at the end of the 18th century?, Reinhard Wittmann; Name Index.