Reading for profit and pleasure
in Reading Ireland
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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

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