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By deeds of stealth: English books abroad in the mid-eighteenth century


Reddick, Allen (2018). By deeds of stealth: English books abroad in the mid-eighteenth century. In: Orgis, Rahel; Heim, Matthias. Fashioning England and the English: literature, nation, gender. Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, 121-145.

Abstract

This essay describes the efforts of Thomas Hollis (1720–1774), a Dissenter of sometimes radical inclination, who sent thousands of English books abroad anonymously in an attempt to influence political attitudes in countries throughout Europe and in the American colonies. He designed, published, inscribed, annotated and distributed these books, decorated with a complex assortment of emblems intended to convey political, civic and moral messages and allegiances in support of liberty and resistance to tyranny. This essay argues that Hollis’s cosmopolitanism represented an attempt to convert and bind disparate institutions and individuals to the causes extolled chiefly by seventeenth-century republican and radical English writers. The books’ design, updated from Roman originals, indicates a continuity from Roman times, through Renaissance republicanism and seventeenth-century English resistance, to contemporary times.

Abstract

This essay describes the efforts of Thomas Hollis (1720–1774), a Dissenter of sometimes radical inclination, who sent thousands of English books abroad anonymously in an attempt to influence political attitudes in countries throughout Europe and in the American colonies. He designed, published, inscribed, annotated and distributed these books, decorated with a complex assortment of emblems intended to convey political, civic and moral messages and allegiances in support of liberty and resistance to tyranny. This essay argues that Hollis’s cosmopolitanism represented an attempt to convert and bind disparate institutions and individuals to the causes extolled chiefly by seventeenth-century republican and radical English writers. The books’ design, updated from Roman originals, indicates a continuity from Roman times, through Renaissance republicanism and seventeenth-century English resistance, to contemporary times.

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Item Type:Book Section, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > English Department
Dewey Decimal Classification:820 English & Old English literatures
Language:English
Date:2018
Deposited On:15 Feb 2019 15:45
Last Modified:14 May 2019 12:38
Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN:978-3-319-92125-9
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-92126-6_6
Related URLs:https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007%2F978-3-319-92126-6#toc (Publisher)

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