Tudor Books and Readers: Materiality and the Construction of Meaning

Tudor Books and Readers: Materiality and the Construction of Meaning

by John N. King
     
 

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The consumption of books is closely intertwined with the material conditions of their production. The Tudor period saw both revolutionary progress in printing technology and the survival of traditional forms of communication from the manuscript era. Offering a comprehensive account of Tudor book culture, these new essays by experts in early book history consider

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The consumption of books is closely intertwined with the material conditions of their production. The Tudor period saw both revolutionary progress in printing technology and the survival of traditional forms of communication from the manuscript era. Offering a comprehensive account of Tudor book culture, these new essays by experts in early book history consider the formative years of English printing; book format, marketing, and the reception of books; print, politics, and patronage; and connections between reading and religion. They challenge the conventional view of the 1557 foundation of the Stationers’ Company as an event that marks a shift between older and newer modes of book production, sale, and reading. Both continuity and change led to the gradual development of late medieval book culture into the genuinely early modern book culture that emerged by the death of Queen Elizabeth.

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'John King's carefully edited volume sheds light on numerous aspects of Tudor book culture … most of the chapters directly relate to literary studies and offer valuable insights.' Annotated Bibliography of English Studies

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ISBN-13:
9781107412552
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
01/03/2013
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.59(d)

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'John King's carefully edited volume sheds light on numerous aspects of Tudor book culture … most of the chapters directly relate to literary studies and offer valuable insights.' Annotated Bibliography of English Studies

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