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Manuscript and Print in London C.1475-1530


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What perceptions did people have of printed material after its introduction into England? How did these perceptions determine their own practices in dealing with books and documents—both as producers and consumers? In Manuscript and Print in London c.1475–1530, Julia Boffey explores the evolving relationship of Londoners with handwritten manuscripts and printed material after William Caxton’s establishment of a printing business at Westminster in 1476. Drawing from a wide range of surviving materials from the period, Boffey approaches textual production from the points of view of readers and writers, investigating the choices they made and shedding light on the different ways that both adapted to the availability of the new technology. Copiously illustrated with images from manuscripts and printed books, this volume will break new ground in the growing area of scholarship on print culture and the history of the book.     

About the Author

Julia Boffey is professor of medieval studies in the Department of English at Queen Mary, University of London.


Table of Contents


Note on conventions


List of colour plates

List of figures


Colour plates

Chapter 1: London books, in manuscript and print, c.1500

    Introduction: two London books

    Books made and books used in London

    London texts and London authors

    Textual transmission: within, into, and out of London


Chapter 2: Manuscript and print in combination

    Introduction: some arbitrary assemblages

    Manuscripts and printers

    Printed books in the hands of scribes and manuscript compilers

    Manuscript additions to printed text

    Enhancement and decoration

    Binding and storage


Chapter 3: London-specific material in manuscript and print

    Introduction: manuscript or print? choice of form

    London-specific materials

    Works relating to ceremonies and public events

    The spoken word: sermons and orations

    Comic satires

    Covert circulation of political satire and commentary

    Prison writing, sedition, and heresy

Chapter 4: London readers in a time of change


    Sources of supply and prices

    Books in institutional libraries

    Reading in Londons religious houses: the London Charterhouse

    Women readers and printed books: Syon and the Minoresses

    Company networks: Caxton and fellow-mercers

    Some London drapers and their books

Chapter 5: Robert Fabyan: reading and compiling in manuscript and print

    Introduction: Fabyans life

    Two chronicles: compilation and copying

    Fabyans reading

    The further circulation of the ‘concordance of stories

    Pynsons edition of the ‘New Chronicles and the manuscript copies

    New features in the printed ‘New Chronicles

    Was Fabyan involved in the printed edition?

    Fabyans textual afterlife



Index of manuscripts

Index of printed books

General index

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Boffey, Julia
British Library
Great britain
Literary Criticism : General
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8 color plates, 75 halftones
9 x 6 in

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