Scribes, Printers, and the Accidentals of their Texts by Jacob ThaisenScribes, Printers, and the Accidentals of their Texts by Jacob Thaisen

Scribes, Printers, and the Accidentals of their Texts

EditorJacob Thaisen, Hanna Rutkowska

Hardcover | August 5, 2011

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The essays in this collection demonstrate that much can be learned from studying features such as word-division, printer’s type, and spelling conventions. These features – termed «accidentals» by W. W. Greg – typically receive little attention when editors discuss how a text became actualized in a particular medieval manuscript or early modern print. To study these features, it is essential to consider a text in the context of the manuscript or print housing it, rather than a modern edition. The texts discussed range in genre from religious (Ælfric’s Letter to Sigeweard, and the Gutenberg and Wycliffe Bibles) and literary (Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales) to scientific (florilegia), while their material bearers range in date from the late Old English period into the Early Modern English one.
Jacob Thaisen is Associate Professor of Literacy Studies at the University of Stavanger (Norway). Hanna Rutkowska is Assistant Professor in the School of English at Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań (Poland).
Title:Scribes, Printers, and the Accidentals of their TextsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:8.27 × 5.51 × 0.98 inPublished:August 5, 2011Publisher:Peter Lang GmbH, Internationaler Verlag der WissenschaftenLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:3631607121

ISBN - 13:9783631607121


Table of Contents

Contents: Jacob Thaisen/Hanna Rutkowska: Introduction – Javier Calle-Martín: Line-Final Word Division in Early English Handwriting – Larry J. Swain: Whose Text for Whom?: Transmission History of Ælfric of Eynsham’s Letter to Sigeweard – David Moreno Olalla: Nominal Morphemes in Lelamour’s Herbal – Jacob Thaisen: Adam Pinkhurst’s Short and Long Forms – Joanna Kopaczyk: A V or not a V? Transcribing Abbreviations in Seventeen Manuscripts of the «Man of Law’s Tale» for a Digital Edition – Matti Peikola: Copying Space, Length of Entries, and Textual Transmission in Middle English Tables of Lessons – Olga Frolova: The «Prologue» to the Wycliffe Bible with an English Royal Book Stamp in the National Library of Russia – Mari Agata: Improvements, Corrections, and Changes in the Gutenberg Bible – Satoko Tokunaga: A Textual Analysis of the Overlooked Tales in de Worde’s Canterbury Tales – Roderick W. McConchie: Compounds and Code-Switching: Compositorial Practice in William Turner’s Libellus de re Herbaria Novvs, 1538.