Reading for profit and pleasure
in Reading Ireland
Abstract only
Get Access to Full Text

You are not authenticated to view the full text of this chapter or article.

manchesterhive requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books or journals - to see content that you/your institution should have access to, please log in through your library system or with your personal username and password.

If you are authenticated and think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

Non-subscribers can freely search the site, view abstracts/extracts and download selected front and end matter. 

Access Tokens

If you have an access token for this content, you can redeem this via the link below:

Redeem token

One of the earliest sorts of books that a reader might encounter were the popular stories which circulated in early modern Ireland and which were aimed at all social levels. Printers, with an eye to the market, reproduced what was familiar and what they thought would sell. Stories were both popular and profitable. The efforts of booksellers and others ensured that contemporaries had a range of books to which they could to turn for profit and pleasure according to their needs. By the end of the seventeenth century printed books and more ephemeral printed items for both business and pleasure had become commonplace in Ireland. Some books, such as historical or legal works were certainly more common in the great house than in the countryside, and wealth meant that a larger library could be afforded by the upper social classes.

Reading Ireland

Print, reading and social change in early modern Ireland




All Time Past Year Past 30 Days
Abstract Views 25 9 1
Full Text Views 21 6 0
PDF Downloads 15 6 0