The Production of Books in England 1350-1500 by Alexandra GillespieThe Production of Books in England 1350-1500 by Alexandra Gillespie

The Production of Books in England 1350-1500

EditorAlexandra Gillespie, Daniel Wakelin

Hardcover | May 9, 2011

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Between roughly 1350 and 1500, the English vernacular became established as a language of literary, bureaucratic, devotional and controversial writing; metropolitan artisans formed guilds for the production and sale of books for the first time; and Gutenberg's and eventually Caxton's printed books reached their first English consumers. This book gathers the best new work on manuscript books in England made during this crucial but neglected period. Its authors survey existing research, gather intensive new evidence and develop new approaches to key topics. The chapters cover the material conditions and economy of the book trade; amateur production both lay and religious; the effects of censorship; and the impact on English book production of manuscripts and artisans from elsewhere in the British Isles and Europe. A wide-ranging and innovative series of essays, this volume is a major contribution to the history of the book in medieval England.
Title:The Production of Books in England 1350-1500Format:HardcoverDimensions:396 pages, 9.72 × 6.85 × 0.87 inPublished:May 9, 2011Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521889790

ISBN - 13:9780521889797

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Table of Contents

Foreword Derek Pearsall; Introduction Alexandra Gillespie and Daniel Wakelin; 1. Materials Orietta Da Rold; 2. Writing the words Daniel Wakelin; 3. Mapping the words Simon Horobin; 4. Designing the page Stephen Partridge; 5. Decorating and illustrating the page Martha Driver and Michael Orr; 6. Compiling the book Margaret Connolly; 7. Bookbinding Alexandra Gillespie; 8. Commercial organization and innovation Erik Kwakkel; 9. Vernacular literary manuscripts and their scribes Linne R. Mooney; 10. Book production outside commercial contexts Jean-Pascal Pouzet; 11. Censorship Fiona Somerset; 12. Books beyond England John Thompson; 13. English books and the Continent David Rundle; Afterword: the book in culture Wendy Scase; Bibliography; Manuscript index; Index.

Editorial Reviews

"The chapters that form The Production of Books in England 1350-1550 are consistently high quality essays that create a well-integrated unit. Gillespie and Wakelin have taken care to envision the overarching purpose of the text and to solicit chapters that further the purpose-historicizing the creation of manuscript texts at the beginning of the print revolution." -Linda Englade, Indiana University, Rare Books Newsletter