The volume edited by Michael Giesecke 'Der Buchdruck in der frühen Neuzeit. A historical case study of the implementation of new infiormationas and communication technologies' was first published in 1991 and is now a classic in its field and has lost none of its topicality.
"The hopes currently attached to the introduction of new electronic media find a striking counterpart in the enthusiasm with which letterpress printing was praised in the 15th and 16th centuries as a medium of popular enlightenment, of saving human toil in the acquisition of information, and of solving pretty much all communicative problems. In fact, there is much to suggest that we are currently, without quite realizing it, in the process of repeating processes of technical and cultural innovation that have already occurred once before with the introduction of the printing press. The book 'Der Buchdruck in der frühen Neuzeit. A Historical Case Study of the Enforcement of New Infiormationas and Communication Technologies' undertakes to uncover these repetitions. Since at the moment we are only at the very beginning of a new cycle of innovation, it may be that from a retrospective view of the Gutenberg invention we will get clues to the next phases of the current media revolution." (© Suhrkamp Verlag, 1998)
In the press
"Michael Giesecke has accomplished the feat of creating a historical balance sheet of the technological consequences of Gutenberg's invention in a 'case study' that is as erudite as it is rich in material." (© Manfred Schneider)
Offered here is the out-of-print paperback edition of 2006; it is the last of three editions published to date, in 1991, 1998, and 2006. Fourth edition, supplemented by a preface, which also includes a small CD-ROM with the full text of the book as well as essays from the years 1990-2004.
About the author, Michael Giesecke
- HC, in box with b/w-print 23 x 34 cm., signed, dated & numb. Ltd. Ed. of: 20 cps. + 2 AP
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