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Scribal Publication in Seventeenth-Century England

Scribal Publication in Seventeenth-Century England

by Harold Love
     
 

Long after the establishment of printing, many important writers and composers still preferred to publish their work in handwritten copies. Works transmitted this way included some of the most distinguished poetry and music of the seventeenth century, as well as a rich variety of political, scientific, antiquarian, and philosophical writings. This new study is the

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Long after the establishment of printing, many important writers and composers still preferred to publish their work in handwritten copies. Works transmitted this way included some of the most distinguished poetry and music of the seventeenth century, as well as a rich variety of political, scientific, antiquarian, and philosophical writings. This new study is the first to examine scribal publication and its relevance for book trade history, the sociology of authorship, and the communication of ideas.

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"This should prove an important book for various reasons and readers. In fact, it should help nearly all scholars of early modern history and literature....An ususually valuable volume....Love's study has something to interest anyone who is interested in early modern culture. His work is the fruit of wide reading and careful thought, and it clearly merits both in return."—Sixteenth Century Journal

"There is far more in this astonishingly rich book than I can possibly rehearse here, and I can only point to a reading of Mac Flecknoe in full awareness of its scribal publication....A memorable put-down of Jonathan Goldberg, some dazzling pages on 'Swift, Script and Print', and some new and persuasive reflections on 'Editing Scribally Published Texts'. Scribal publication was the preferred form of publication for Donne, King, Carew, Marvell, Rochester, and Dorset. This learned book will encourage scholars to be more aware of the practice."—Modern Language Review

"The modesty of Harold Love's title does not fully prepare the reader for the riches of this book."—Bibliographical Society of America

"Scribal Publication in Seventeenth-Century England does what most scholars wish they could and what few actually accomplish. By envisioning manuscript artifacts not as grist for print editions but rather as evidence of past activity, Love opens up a new arena for inquiry."—Early Modern "Literary Studies

"Engaging and informative, an important reference work for almost anyone who takes up scholarly research in the field....Scribal Publications ought to attract a great deal of exciting new scholarship in the theory and practice of manuscript production and transmission."—Seventeenth-Century News

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198112198
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
02/28/1997
Pages:
392
Product dimensions:
5.75(w) x 8.75(h) x 1.12(d)

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