Scribal Publication in Seventeenth-Century England

Hardcover | January 1, 1995

byHarold Love

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* Contains substantial discussions of Donne, Shakespeare, Rochester, and Swift Long after the establishment of printing in England, many writers and composers still preferred to publish their work through handwritten copies. Texts so transmitted included some of the most distinguished poetry and music of the seventeenth century, along with a rich variety of political.scientific, antiquarian, and philosophical writings. While censorship was one reason for this persistence of the older practice, scribal publication remained the norm for texts which were required only in small numbers, or whose authors wished to avoid `the stigma of print'. The present study is thefirst to consider the trade in manuscripts as an important supplement to that in printed books, and to descrice the agencies that met the need for rapid duplication of key texts. By integrating the large body of findings already available concerning particular texts and authors it provides anarresting new perspective on authorship and the communication of ideas.

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* Contains substantial discussions of Donne, Shakespeare, Rochester, and Swift Long after the establishment of printing in England, many writers and composers still preferred to publish their work through handwritten copies. Texts so transmitted included some of the most distinguished poetry and music of the seventeenth century, alon...

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Long after the establishment of printing in England, many writers and composers still preferred to publish their work through handwritten copies. Texts so transmitted included some of the most distinguished poetry and music of the seventeenth century, along with a rich variety of political, scientific antiquarian, and philosophical wri...

Harold Love is at Monash University, Victoria.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:390 pages, 8.66 × 5.51 × 1.06 inPublished:January 1, 1995Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:019811219X

ISBN - 13:9780198112198

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`Love's book is rich in detailed discussions of writings, techniques and processes. His wide scholarly reading is matched by sensitivity both in his interpretations and in his theorizing.'Peter S. Graham, Rutgers University Libraries, Renaissance Quarterly