The Society for the Promotion of Science and Scholarship (SPOSS) is a nonprofit publisher of scholarly books. It was founded in 1976 by the late J. Murray Luck, for many years Professor of Chemistry at Stanford University. With interests primarily in European and British studies, SPOSS has had a mandate from the start to publish works of high scholarly excellence but more specialized than larger publishing houses would consider viable. In addition to works by single authors, SPOSS has also undertaken a series of multi-author works on European countries in the contemporary period.

Executive Officer: Janet Gardiner.

Peter Stansky (President), Bruce Thompson (Secretary-Treasurer), Tom Grey, Margo Horn, Mark Jarrett, Eroeda S. Luck, Norris Pope (nonvoting), Paul Robinson, James Sheehan, and Alex Woloch.

SPOSS, 4139 El Camino Way, Palo Alto,
  CA 94306 (registered address).
Janet Gardiner, 2835 Kipling Street, Palo Alto,
  CA 94306 (administration, book production).

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The image used as the background for the SPOSS home page is from Theodore K. Rabb's A Sixteenth-Century Book of Trades: Das Ständebuch. It is a detail of “Der Buchdrücker,” from Georg Hirth, Jost Amman’s Stände und Handwerker, mit Versen von Hans Sachs, in the series Liebhaber-Bibliothek Alter Illustratoren in Facsimile-Reproduction (Munich, 1884).