This volume presents a collection of essays with an overview of the century-and-a-half between the death of Chaucer in 1400 and the incorporation of the Stationers' Company in 1557. In this time of change the manuscript culture of Chaucer's day was replaced by an ambience in which printed books would become the norm. This volume traces the transition and discerns patterns of where, why and how books were written, printed, bound, acquired, read and passed from hand to hand with particular emphasis on imports and links with the Continent.
Table of ContentsIntroduction L. Hellinga and J. B. Trapp; 1. Literacy, books and readers J. B. Trapp; 2. Foreign illuminators and illuminated manuscripts J. J. G. Alexander; 3. Printing L. Hellinga; 4. Bookbinding, 1400-1557 M. M. Foot; 5. The rise of London's book trade C. Paul Christianson; 6. The customs rolls as documents for the printed-book trade in England Paul Needham; 7. The book trade under Edward VI and Mary I John N. King; 8. Importation of printed books Margaret Lane Ford; 9. Private ownership of printed books Margaret Lane Ford; 10. Monastic libraries, 1400-1557 David N. Bell; 11. The royal collections to 1461 Jenny Stratford; 12. The Royal Library from Edward IV to Henry VII Janet Backhouse; 13. The Royal Library under Henry VIII James P. Carley; 14. The humanist book J. B. Trapp; 15. University libraries and booksellers Elisabeth Leedham-Green; 16. Text-books in the universities Kristian Jensen; 17. Text-books: a case study: logic E. J. Ashworth; 18. The canon law R. H. Helmholz; 19. The civil law A. Wijffels; 20. The books of the common law J. H. Baker; 21. Medicine and science Peter M. Jones; 22. Schools and schoolbooks Nicholas Orme; 23. Practical books for the gentleman George R. Keiser; 24. Devotional literature Mary C. Erler; 25. Gentlewomen's reading Carol M. Meale and Julia Boffey; 26. Music John Milsom; 27. Literary texts Julia Boffey and A. S. G. Edwards; 28. Press, politics and religion Pamela Neville-Sington; Appendix; Bibliography; Indexes.