Manuscript and Print in London c.1475-1530

Julia Boffey

Julia Boffey

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246 pages | 8 color plates, 75 halftones | 6 x 9 | © 2012
Cloth $75.00 ISBN: 9780712358811 Published April 2013 For sale in North and South America only

What perceptions did people have of printed material after its introduction into England? How did these perceptions determine their own practices in dealing with books and documents—both as producers and consumers? In Manuscript and Print in London c.1475–1530, Julia Boffey explores the evolving relationship of Londoners with handwritten manuscripts and printed material after William Caxton’s establishment of a printing business at Westminster in 1476. Drawing from a wide range of surviving materials from the period, Boffey approaches textual production from the points of view of readers and writers, investigating the choices they made and shedding light on the different ways that both adapted to the availability of the new technology. Copiously illustrated with images from manuscripts and printed books, this volume will break new ground in the growing area of scholarship on print culture and the history of the book.     

Contents
Acknowledgements
Note on conventions
Abbreviations
List of colour plates
List of figures
Introduction
Colour plates

Chapter 1: London books, in manuscript and print, c.1500
    Introduction: two London books
    Books made and books used in London
    London texts and London authors
    Textual transmission: within, into, and out of London
    Afterlives
Chapter 2: Manuscript and print in combination
    Introduction: some arbitrary assemblages
    Manuscripts and printers
    Printed books in the hands of scribes and manuscript compilers
    Manuscript additions to printed text
    Enhancement and decoration
    Binding and storage
    Hybridity
Chapter 3: London-specific material in manuscript and print
    Introduction: manuscript or print? choice of form
    London-specific materials
    Works relating to ceremonies and public events
    The spoken word: sermons and orations
    Comic satires
    Covert circulation of political satire and commentary
    Prison writing, sedition, and heresy
Chapter 4: London readers in a time of change
    Introduction
    Sources of supply and prices
    Books in institutional libraries
    Reading in London’s religious houses: the London Charterhouse
    Women readers and printed books: Syon and the Minoresses
    Company networks: Caxton and fellow-mercers
    Some London drapers and their books
Chapter 5: Robert Fabyan: reading and compiling in manuscript and print
    Introduction: Fabyan’s life
    Two chronicles: compilation and copying
    Fabyan’s reading
    The further circulation of the ‘concordance of stories’
    Pynson’s edition of the ‘New Chronicles’ and the manuscript copies
    New features in the printed ‘New Chronicles’
    Was Fabyan involved in the printed edition?
    Fabyan’s textual afterlife

Afterword
Bibliography
Index of manuscripts
Index of printed books
General index
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