Enlightenment on the Market

The Business of Enlightenment: A Publishing History of the Encyclop├ędie, 1775-1800

by Robert Darnton
The Encyclop├ędie may well be the most famous (and is certainly the biggest) of those great books much talked about but little read. Probably it never had many readers: encyclopedias usually do not. But it was much nibbled at, consulted, read in. Though never measured and perhaps exaggerated, its cultural …