A Guide to Early Printed Books and Manuscripts, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 1118653998
  • ISBN-13: 9781118653999
  • DDC: 010.42
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 248 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2013 | Published/Released April 2014
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2013

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A Guide to Early Printed Books and Manuscripts provides a concise introduction to the language and concepts employed in bibliographical studies and textual scholarship as they pertain to early modern manuscripts and printed texts. Focusing on documents from the late sixteenth and early mid-seventeenth century, the author explains the complex process of viewing documents as artefacts, showing readers how to describe documents properly and how to read their physical properties. This helpful Guide demonstrates how we are to use this information, together with an understanding of the processes of production and modification, as a tool for studying the transmission of literary documents. An invaluable resource illuminating the complex relationship between the material processes and the meanings of the written and printed word, A Guide to Early Modern Manuscript and Printed Book Studies is essential reading for anyone interested in book history and textual scholarship.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Title Page.
Half Title.
Other Frontmatter.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Illustrative Materials.
1: A Guide for the Perplexed.
2: Paper and Related Materials.
3: The Structure of Documents.
4: Producing Texts.
5: Analysis and Evidence.
6: Making Variants.
7: Setting Conditions.
8: Last Words.
Selected Further Reading.