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RBS Lecture: “Subscription Publishing in America over Three Centuries” Michael Winship

Tuesday, July 13 @ 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Rare Book School at the University of Virginia (RBS) invites you to the inaugural Kenneth Karmiole Endowed Lecture on the History of the Book Trades: “Subscription Publishing in America over Three Centuries” by Michael Winship


Tuesday, 13 July, 5:30–6:30 p.m. ET, via Zoom 

Over the centuries, subscription publishing has been a constant feature of the book world of the American colonies and the United States from the eighteenth to the present century. But the term “subscription publishing” has proved to be remarkably difficult to define, as it has been applied to a variety of publishing practices. This lecture will begin by sketching the various forms that American subscription publishing has taken over these years, and a few prominent examples will be described in more detail. Then, it will suggest what characteristics are shared by many, if not most, of these different subscription publishing arrangements.

Michael Winship, the Iris Howard Regents Professor of English II (emeritus) at the University of Texas at Austin and longtime faculty member at RBS, was an editor for A History of the Book in America, and has published extensively on American literary publishing of the industrial era.

The Zoom lecture is free and open to the public, as is the reception to follow in Gather.town and Zoom. Click here to register

The Kenneth Karmiole Endowed Lecture on the History of the Book Trades was established in 2020, thanks to a generous gift from Kenneth Karmiole. Ken is a member of the RBS Board of Directors and president of Kenneth Karmiole, Bookseller, Inc., a Santa Monica-based antiquarian bookselling firm specializing in early printing, travel, history of printing, science and technology, and incunabula. In addition to this endowment, he annually funds the Kenneth Karmiole Scholarship at RBS, a full-tuition scholarship awarded to a student whose work or interests focus on the study of the physical book. RBS is grateful to Ken for his ongoing philanthropic support.


Tuesday, July 13
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
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