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The Loss of the Trades IncreaseThe Loss of the "Trades Increase": An Early Modern Maritime Catastrophe
Richmond Barbour

"Richmond Barbour gives a fascinating account of the disastrous history of the Trades Increase, the largest ship in the British East India Company fleet and an embodiment of Jacobean England's hopes for trade and expansion. This is much more than a maritime disaster story; it is a cultural history, essential reading for an understanding of the development of early modern England."—Stephen Orgel, Stanford University

Launched in 1609 as the greatest English merchant vessel of its era, the Trades Increase and nearly all who sailed it perished three years later on the far side of the world. This is the engrossing account of the ship's tragic expedition and global capitalism at its hour of emergence.

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352 pages | 6 x 9 | 15 illus.
Hardcover | ISBN 978-0-8122-5277-4 | $39.95a | £33.00
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-9774-4 | $39.95s | £31.00
A volume in the Haney Foundation Series


The Marvels of the WorldThe Marvels of the World: An Anthology of Nature Writing Before 1700
Edited by Rebecca Bushnell

With its peerless selection of ninety-eight original sources dating from antiquity to the dawn of the Enlightenment and concerned with the natural world and humankind's place within it, The Marvels of the World offers a corrective to the still-prevalent tendency to dismiss premodern attitudes toward nature as simple or univocal.

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384 pages | 6 1/8 x 9 1/4 | 35 illus.
Hardcover | ISBN 978-0-8122-5284-2 | $95.00s | £79.00
Paperback | ISBN 978-0-8122-2473-3 | $39.95s | £33.00
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-9781-2 | $39.95s | £31.00
A volume in the Penn Studies in Landscape Architecture series

The Fallen VeilThe Fallen Veil: A Literary and Cultural History of the Photographic Nude in Nineteenth-Century France
Raisa Adah Rexer

"Raisa Rexer makes a compelling case for the cultural significance of these peculiarly sensitive, occasionally troubling images. Sober and scholarly without ever being prudish or pious, she guides us with insight, good taste, and even humor, through a seedy world."—Andrew Counter, University of Oxford

Between 1839 and the end of the nineteenth century, millions of nude photographs of the female form were produced in France. Drawing upon government records, legal decisions, newspaper accounts, and contemporary literature, Raisa Adah Rexer recounts the history of these images and elucidates their immense cultural and artistic reach.

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328 pages | 7 x 10 | 87 halftones
Hardcover | ISBN 978-0-8122-5286-6 | $59.95s | £50.00
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-9785-0 | $59.95s | £46.50
A volume in the Material Texts series


The Book of BooksThe Book of Books: Biblical Interpretation, Literary Culture, and the Political Imagination from Erasmus to Milton
Thomas Fulton

"Fulton's magisterial study shows the complex and reciprocal ways in which the English Bible informed the early modern political imagination. Challenging long-held assumptions about early translations, Fulton moves from Erasmus to Tyndale to the Geneva Bible, before offering a series of dazzling new insights on how biblical reading shaped literary form and meaning for Spenser, Shakespeare, and Milton. The Book of Books is a model of thorough and superb scholarship in every respect."—Laura L. Knoppers, University of Notre Dame

In The Book of Books, Thomas Fulton charts the process of recovery, interpretation, and reuse of scripture in early modern English literary culture, exploring the uses of the Bible as a combination of text and paratext that revolved around sites of social controversy and was continually transformed for political purposes.

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400 pages | 6 x 9 | 30 illus.
Hardcover | ISBN 978-0-8122-5266-8 | $75.00s | £62.00
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-9766-9 | $75.00s | £58.00

Knowing FictionsKnowing Fictions: Picaresque Reading in the Early Modern Hispanic World
Barbara Fuchs

"Knowing Fictions makes an original, sophisticated and timely contribution to the fields of siglo de oro and early modern studies. Barbara Fuchs builds on exquisitely contextualized close readings of a series of canonical and non-canonical first-person biographical and pseudo-biographical narratives and witness accounts to advance a new theory of the picaresque as a self-conscious or 'knowing' narrative form that educates readers in the art of critical media consumption."—David Castillo, University at Buffalo

In Knowing Fictions, Barbara Fuchs engages the picaresque as a set of literary strategies that interrogate the mechanisms of truth-telling itself and shows how picaresque texts effectively encouraged readers to adopt a critical stance toward the truth claims implicit in the forms of authoritative discourse proliferating in Imperial Spain.

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208 pages | 6 x 9 | 3 halftones
Hardcover | ISBN 978-0-8122-5261-3 | $55.00s | £45.00
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-9950-2 | $55.00s | £42.50
A volume in the Haney Foundation Series

Making the MiscellanyMaking the Miscellany: Poetry, Print, and the History of the Book in Early Modern England
Megan Heffernan

"By decentering the author as the imagined source and originator of the poetry collection, Megan Heffernan is able to attend to the agency of stationers and compilers, as well as the agency of poetry itself. In one of her most exciting claims, Heffernan argues that the poetry shapes the material form of the printed book in these early poetry collections. Indeed, she shows, these innovative arrangements shaped the development of vernacular poetic craft and notions of authorship in the seventeenth century and after."—Jenny C. Mann, author of The Trials of Orpheus: Poetry, Science, and the Early Modern Sublime

In Making the Miscellany Megan Heffernan charts the development of printed poetry in early modern England, showing how material practices of organization were dynamic responses to poetic form and content. Her book argues for a literary history that is sensitive to the conditions of making and using early printed books.

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336 pages | 6 x 9 | 33 illus.
Hardcover | ISBN 978-0-8122-5280-4 | $65.00s | £54.00
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-9802-4 | $65.00s | £50.00

The Erotics of MaterialismThe Erotics of Materialism: Lucretius and Early Modern Poetics
Jessie Hock

"Where much of the scholarship on Lucretius and the early moderns examines his contributions to philosophy and science, Jessie Hock's brilliant book suggests powerful and far-reaching ways of engaging the specifically poetic aspects of Lucretian philosophy."—Elizabeth D. Harvey, University of Toronto

Jessie Hock maps the intersection of poetry and natural philosophy in the early modern reception of Lucretius and his De rerum natura. Focusing on Pierre de Ronsard, Remy Belleau, John Donne, Lucy Hutchinson, and Margaret Cavendish, she demonstrates how these poets read De rerum natura as a treatise on the poetic imagination.

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288 pages | 6 x 9 | 0
Hardcover | ISBN 978-0-8122-5272-9 | $59.95s | £50.00
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-9770-6 | $59.95s | £46.50

From Eden to EternityNOW IN PAPERBACK
From Eden to Eternity: Creations of Paradise in the Later Middle Ages
Alastair Minnis

"Like all of Minnis's work, [From Eden to Eternity] is impressively learned and couched in fluent and charming prose. . . . It requires slow and careful reading, but the argument is clearly made, the information provided is fascinating, and the effort is worthwhile. To read the book through, moreover, is to receive not only a thorough review of medieval ideas about Paradise but an excellent introduction to medieval scholasticism. . . . In addition to his remarkable learning, Minnis is a fine literary critic, and I know no other medievalist capable of presenting work so learned with his deftness and subtlety."—Journal of English and Germanic Philology

In From Eden to Eternity, Alastair Minnis argues that Eden afforded an extraordinary amount of creative space to late medieval theologians, painters, and poets as they tried to understand the place that God had deemed worthy of the creature made in His image.

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384 pages | 6 x 9 | 32 color illus.
Hardcover | ISBN 978-0-8122-4723-7 | $65.00s | £54.00
Paperback | ISBN 978-0-8122-2465-8 | $27.50s | £21.99
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-9147-6 | $27.50s | £21.50
A volume in the Middle Ages Series


Assembling the LocalAssembling the Local: Political Economy and Agrarian Governance in British India
Upal Chakrabarti

"In Assembling the Local, Upal Chakrabarti brings a creative and rigorous Foucauldian eye to the key role of the discourse of political economy in practices of colonial governance. Demonstrating the intimacy between universalism and the limit-case of locality that demarcates its reach, his work is a challenging contribution to the intellectual history of political economy."—Andrew Sartori, New York University

In Assembling the Local, Upal Chakrabarti argues that the "local" should be reconceptualized as an abstract machine, which was itself central to the construction of the universal, namely, the establishment of political economy as a form of governance in nineteenth-century British India.

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288 pages | 6 x 9
Hardcover | ISBN 978-0-8122-5273-6 | $79.95s | £66.00
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-9771-3 | $79.95s | £61.50
A volume in the Intellectual History of the Modern Age series

Hypocrisy and the Philosophical Intentions of RousseauHypocrisy and the Philosophical Intentions of Rousseau: The Jean-Jacques Problem
Matthew D. Mendham

"Matthew D. Mendham has given us a genuinely valuable book. It is scholarly in the best sense: deeply familiar with its subject, fair-minded in evaluating competing views, penetrating in analysis, quietly witty at times, and free of jargon. Badly as this study is needed, Mendham is the first to attempt anything like it."—Leo Damrosch, Harvard University

Why did Rousseau fail—often so ridiculously or grotesquely—to live up to his own principles? In Hypocrisy and the Philosophical Intentions of Rousseau, Matthew D. Mendham is the first to systematically analyze Rousseau's normative philosophy and self-portrayals in view of the yawning gap between them.

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296 pages | 6 x 9 | 0
Hardcover | ISBN 978-0-8122-5283-5 | $75.00s | £62.00
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-9780-5 | $75.00s | £58.00

Xenophon's Socratic EducationXenophon's Socratic Education: Reason, Religion, and the Limits of Politics
Dustin Sebell

"Dustin Sebell is a master of close reading and reasoning. His novel treatment of Book IV of the Memorabilia shows how the Socratic understanding of justice and civic life serves as the basis for both political and natural philosophy."—Christopher Nadon, Claremont McKenna College

In Xenophon's Socratic Education, through a careful reading of Book IV of Xenophon's Memorabilia, Dustin Sebell shows how Socrates ascended, with his students in tow, from moral or political opinion to knowledge.

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240 pages | 6 x 9
Hardcover | ISBN 978-0-8122-5285-9 | $49.95s | £41.00
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-9784-3 | $49.95s | £38.50


Perspectives on Fair HousingPerspectives on Fair Housing
Edited by Vincent J. Reina, Wendell E. Pritchett, and Susan M. Wachter. Foreword by Marc Morial

"The United States is facing a dire crisis in housing. We cannot eradicate the catastrophe of unfair housing without understanding the history and politics of housing discrimination that have brought us to the current moment. This volume belongs in the toolkit we need to ideologically equip ourselves in this twenty-first-century struggle to end racism in U.S. housing."—Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, author of Race for Profit: How Banks and the Real Estate Industry Undermined Black Homeownership

Perspectives on Fair Housing provides historical, sociological, economic, and legal perspectives on the critical and continuing problem of housing discrimination and offers insight on the tools required to address it.

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240 pages | 6 x 9 | 11 illus.
Hardcover | ISBN 978-0-8122-5275-0 | $45.00s | £37.00
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-9744-7 | $45.00s | £35.00
A volume in the City in the Twenty-First Century series

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