Yuming He. Home and the World: Editing the “Glorious Ming” in Woodblock-Printed Books of the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries. Cambridge, Mass.; London: Harvard University Asia Center, 2013. xi, 343 p. ISBN 978-0674066809. $35.96

Allison Jai O’Dell

Abstract

Home and the World: Editing the “Glorious Ming” in Woodblock-Printed Books of the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries is both a history of Ming book culture and a thoughtful meditation on the practice of book history. Its prose style is scholarly, but enjoying Home and the World does not require prior knowledge of a specialized discipline. Yuming He offers an engaging introduction to the book as an artifact of culture and reveals the reception and use of texts given different social and personal contexts.

The late Ming was a fascinating period in the growth of book consumption. Expanded population, urbanity, and . . .

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