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The Cambridge History of the Book in Britain

Volume 3. 1400–1557

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L. Hellinga, J. B. Trapp, J. J. G. Alexander, M. M. Foot, C. Paul Christianson, Paul Needham, John N. King, Margaret Lane Ford, David N. Bell, Jenny Stratford, Janet Backhouse, James P. Carley, Elisabeth Leedham-Green, Kristian Jensen, E. J. Ashworth, R. H. Helmholz, A. Wijffels, J. H. Baker, Peter M. Jones, Nicholas Orme, George R. Keiser, Mary C. Erler, Carol M. Meale, Julia Boffey, John Milsom, A. S. G. Edwards, Pamela Neville-Sington
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  • Date Published: May 2014
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107698758

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  • This volume presents a collection of essays with an overview of the century-and-a-half between the death of Chaucer in 1400 and the incorporation of the Stationers' Company in 1557. In this time of change the manuscript culture of Chaucer's day was replaced by an ambience in which printed books would become the norm. This volume traces the transition and discerns patterns of where, why and how books were written, printed, bound, acquired, read and passed from hand to hand with particular emphasis on imports and links with the Continent.

    • Authoritative overview of the history of the book through 150 years of great change including the invention of the printing press
    • Shows where, why and how books were written, printed, bound, read and passed from hand to hand
    • Of interest to scholars of history, printing, publishing, literature, religion, music, art
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    "The essays are truly ground-breaking.... All serious libraries will buy it; all students in the field will consult it regularly. Hellinga and Trapp and their collaborators have produced a volume which gets the Cambridge History off to a very fine start and certainly whets the appetite for more.... On the basis of this volume we can look forward to a national history which will fulfill its mandate well and complement both the existing and forthcoming accounts of the book elsewhere in Europe and in the English-speaking world." Papers of the Bibliographical Society of Canada

    "The first to appear of a projected seven-volume Cambridge History of the Book in Britain, VolumeIII firmliy grounds the entire project in the pivotal age of transition from the manuscript to the printed book, and in doing so provides its own milestone in the relatively recent but now thriving historical subdiscipline of book history." Albion

    "a landmark contribution to our understanding of late-medieval and early-modern British cultural, intellectual, and social history. It is a tremendous achievement and is highly recommended." Speculum

    "The individual essays are admirable in their ability to cover their subjects in general and to demonstrate and elaborate in specific examples...The introduction to this volume is also well worth reading and re-reading. It is a masterful account of what the editors describe as 'continuity in change' and is a survey against which all the other essays in the volume are meant to be, and should be, read." Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America

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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 2014
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107698758
    • length: 830 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 43 mm
    • weight: 1.18kg
    • contains: 71 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction L. Hellinga and J. B. Trapp
    1. Literacy, books and readers J. B. Trapp
    2. Foreign illuminators and illuminated manuscripts J. J. G. Alexander
    3. Printing L. Hellinga
    4. Bookbinding, 1400–1557 M. M. Foot
    5. The rise of London's book trade C. Paul Christianson
    6. The customs rolls as documents for the printed-book trade in England Paul Needham
    7. The book trade under Edward VI and Mary I John N. King
    8. Importation of printed books Margaret Lane Ford
    9. Private ownership of printed books Margaret Lane Ford
    10. Monastic libraries, 1400–1557 David N. Bell
    11. The royal collections to 1461 Jenny Stratford
    12. The Royal Library from Edward IV to Henry VII Janet Backhouse
    13. The Royal Library under Henry VIII James P. Carley
    14. The humanist book J. B. Trapp
    15. University libraries and booksellers Elisabeth Leedham-Green
    16. Text-books in the universities Kristian Jensen
    17. Text-books: a case study: logic E. J. Ashworth
    18. The canon law R. H. Helmholz
    19. The civil law A. Wijffels
    20. The books of the common law J. H. Baker
    21. Medicine and science Peter M. Jones
    22. Schools and schoolbooks Nicholas Orme
    23. Practical books for the gentleman George R. Keiser
    24. Devotional literature Mary C. Erler
    25. Gentlewomen's reading Carol M. Meale and Julia Boffey
    26. Music John Milsom
    27. Literary texts Julia Boffey and A. S. G. Edwards
    28. Press, politics and religion Pamela Neville-Sington
    Appendix
    Bibliography
    Indexes.

  • Editors

    Lotte Hellinga

    J. B. Trapp

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    L. Hellinga, J. B. Trapp, J. J. G. Alexander, M. M. Foot, C. Paul Christianson, Paul Needham, John N. King, Margaret Lane Ford, David N. Bell, Jenny Stratford, Janet Backhouse, James P. Carley, Elisabeth Leedham-Green, Kristian Jensen, E. J. Ashworth, R. H. Helmholz, A. Wijffels, J. H. Baker, Peter M. Jones, Nicholas Orme, George R. Keiser, Mary C. Erler, Carol M. Meale, Julia Boffey, John Milsom, A. S. G. Edwards, Pamela Neville-Sington

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