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Printing and Book Culture in Late Imperial China$
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Cynthia Brokaw

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780520231269

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520231269.001.0001

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Reading the Best-Sellers of the Nineteenth Century Commercial Publishing in Sibao

Reading the Best-Sellers of the Nineteenth Century Commercial Publishing in Sibao

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Printing and Book Culture in Late Imperial China
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Cynthia J. Brokaw

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520231269.003.0005

This chapter examines the history of commercial publishing in Sibao, an important regional publishing center in China active from the late seventeenth through the early twentieth century. It suggests that Sibao entrepreneurs provide a case study of the two interrelated trends in Qing publishing discussed in the first chapter. These are the expansion of publishing sites to hinterland areas of southern China, and the development of important publishing concerns at the lower levels of the hierarchy of central places.

Keywords:   commercial publishing, Sibao, China, Qing publishing, publishing center

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