4. Publishing the archaeology of Roman Britain

As noted by Sher (2006, 265), those purchasing and reading books today, particularly in academic circles, are aware of when, where and by whom a book has been published, and this often profoundly influences the reception of a text. However, for books published in earlier centuries these factors are often overlooked. Table 1 shows that there are a number of folio volumes on British archaeology and antiquities that were produced by leading publishers of the day, and these rivalled better-known volumes on Mediterranean classical antiquities in terms of form and content (Todd 1996; Scott forthcoming 2013; forthcoming 2014), yet they are little known today. These volumes include the works of the Lysons brothers, which were published by Cadell, in folio, large paper or 4to.


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