Enlightenment on the Market

The Business of Enlightenment: A Publishing History of the Encyclopédie, 1775-1800

by Robert Darnton
The Encyclopédie 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 …