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Bibliography: Early Printed Books: Facsimiles


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Chaucer, Geoffrey. The Canterbury Tales. Cambridge: Cornmarket Reprints, in association with Magdalene College, 1972. [A facsimile reprint of the 2nd Caxton edition, 1484, from a copy in the Pepys Library (Item 2053), now in Magdalene College, Cambridge (De Ricci, Census of Caxtons, copy no. 23); with a prefatory Note by J. A. W. Bennett. Three missing leaves have been supplied from the only perfect copy known, that in St. John's College, Oxford.] [* Subject heading: early printed books (facsimiles and facsimile editions); incunabula; Geoffrey Chaucer (early printed editions) *]

Chaucer, Geoffrey. The Works, 1532, With Supplementary Materials from the Editions of 1542, 1561, 1598 and 1602. Ed. Derek S. Brewer. London: Scolar Press, 1969. [The Introduction by Brewer contains descriptions of some of the early printed editions of Chaucer, but he defers to Hetherington as providing the best available descriptions of these books.] [* Subject heading: early printed books (facsimiles and facsimile editions); Geoffrey Chaucer (early printed editions) *]

The Chepman and Myllar Prints: Digitised Facsimiles, with Introduction, Headnote and Transcription. Gen. ed. Sally Mapstone. [DVD-ROM.] Woodbridge, Suffolk: Boydell and Brewer, for the Scottish Text Society and the National Library of Scotland, 2008. [Publisher's description: "In 1508 the partnership of Andrew Myllar and Walter Chepman brought printing to Scotland. Their early publications brought into print works by two of medieval Scotland's most celebrated poets, Robert Henryson and William Dunbar, Walter Kennedy and Robert Henryson; they also contain less well-known but important poems and prose in Scots and in English by other writers. The prints feature a wide variety of genres: romance; fable; advice to princes; chivalric treatise; lyric; dream vision; along with a classic example (by Dunbar and Walter Kennedy) of the Scots genre of 'flyting,' a stylised but scurrilous exchange of poetic insults. In celebration of the anniversary, the Scottish Text Society, in association with the National Library for Scotland, has published a DVD of prints produced by Chepman and Myllar in or close to 1508, containing digitised facsimiles of each of the twenty printed items. Each facsimile is accompanied by a headnote, explaining the print's literary significance and technical features, and a transcription. There is also an introduction by the general editor, Sally Mapstone, which sets the Chepman and Myllar press within the context of early sixteenth-century Scotland and Scottish book history."] [* Subject heading: early printed books (facsimiles and facsimile editions); history of printing; Edinburgh, Scotland *]

Dane, Joseph A. "The Reception of Chaucer's Eighteenth-Century Editors." Text: Transactions of the Society for Textual Scholarship 4 (1988): 217-236. [* Subject heading: early printed books (facsimiles and facsimile editions); Geoffrey Chaucer (early printed editions); reception history *]

Early English Books, 1475-1640. Microfilm series. Ann Arbor, MI: University Microfilms International, 1960-. [A continuing series, now approaching completion: some 2034 microfilm reels, reproducing nearly all of the items listed in Pollard and Redgrave's Short-Title Catalogue of books published in England (or English books published elsewhere) down to 1640. The microfilm collection is accompanied by a printed Cross Index to Reels, giving the microfilm reel number for each STC item number.] [* Subject heading: early printed books (facsimiles and facsimile editions); incunabula *]

Early English Books, 1641-1700. Microfilm series. Ann Arbor, MI: University Microfilms International, 1960-. [A continuing series, now approaching completion: some 2,450 reels, reproducing over 9,000 of the works listed in Wing's Short-Title Catalogue of English books published between 1640-1700. The microfilm collection is accompanied by a printed index, Early English Books, 1641-1700: Cross Indexes, to identify the microfilm reel number for each Wing STC item number.] [* Subject heading: early printed books (facsimiles and facsimile editions) *]

The Eighteenth Century. Microfilm series. Woodbridge, CT: Research Publications, 1983-. [A series of microfilms (some 7,035 reels to date), reproducing the books listed in the 18th-century Short Title Catalogue. Unlike the microfilms to accompany Wing, and Pollard and Redgrave, the 18C-STC microfilms are still far from complete. Still, there is a great deal of eighteenth-century material now available in this form.] [* Subject heading: early printed books (facsimiles and facsimile editions) *]

The English Experience: Its Record in Early Printed Books, Published in Facsimile.. Amsterdam: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum; New York: Da Capo Press, 1968-1979. [Imprint varies. About 1000 volumes published over an 11-year period, being photographic reproductions (at the original size) of books published in England between 1475-1640 (the period covered by the Pollard and Redgrave short-title catalogue).] [* Subject heading: early printed books (facsimiles and facsimile editions) *]

Hetherington, John R. Chaucer, 1532-1602: Notes and Facsimile Texts Designed to Facilitate the Identification of Defective Copies of the Black-Letter Folio Editions of 1532, 1542, c. 1550, 1561, 1598 and 1602, 1687. 2nd ed. Birmingham: John R. Hetherington, 1967. [Self-published on a xerox machine. 1st ed. 1964, reissued in 1967 with some handwritten corrections and the addition of an appendix for the Chaucer edition of 1687. The introduction indicates that this was originally undertaken on behalf of Sotheby's, but was now being made more generally available. Brewer's introduction to the Scolar Press facsimile of 1532 (with parts of the others) declares this to be the best bibliographical guide to the black-letter Chaucers available.] [* Subject heading: early printed books (facsimiles and facsimile editions); Geoffrey Chaucer (early printed editions) *]



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