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Bibliography: Early Printed Books: Production


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Aurner, Nellie Slayton. Caxton, Mirrour of Fifteenth-Century Letters: A Study of the Literature of the First English Press. London: P. Allan and Co.; Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1926. [* Subject heading: early printed books; incunabula *]

Avis, Frederick C. "The Growth of London Printing, Publishing, and Bookselling in the Sixteenth Century." Gutenberg-Jahrbuch 1974, 100-109. [* Subject heading: early printed books; incunabula *]

Bennett, H[enry] S[tanley]. "Caxton and His Public." Review of English Studies 19 (1943): 113-119. [* Subject heading: early printed books; incunabula *]

Blake, Norman F. William Caxton: A Bibliographical Guide. New York and London: Garland Publishing, 1985. [* Subject heading: early printed books; incunabula *]

Carlson, David R. "Woodcut Illustrations of the Canterbury Tales, 1483-1602." The Library 6th ser. 19 (1997): 25-67. [* Subject heading: early printed books: production; incunabula; book illustration (woodcuts) *]

Clark, Peter. "The Ownership of Books in England, 1560-1640: The Example of Some Kentish Townsfolk." In Schooling and Society: Studies in the History of Education. Ed. Lawrence Stone. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1976. Pp. 95-111. [* Subject heading: early printed books: ownership and collecting; reading and readers *]

Dane, Joseph A. "Thynne's 1532 Edition of Chaucer." The Library, 6th ser. 17 (1995): 156-167. [* Subject heading: early printed books; Geoffrey Chaucer (early printed editions) *]

Deacon, Richard. A Biography of William Caxton: The First English Editor, Printer, Merchant and Translator. London: Frederick Muller, 1976. [* Subject heading: early printed books; incunabula *]

Dodgson, Campbell. English Woodcuts of the Fifteenth Century, . . . with 23 Reproductions. Einblattdrucke des fünfzehnten Jahrhunderts, Band 88. Strasbourg: J. H. Ed. Heitz, 1936. [Rpt. Naarden, Netherlands: A. W. van Bekhoven, 1970.] [* Subject heading: early printed books: production; incunabula; book illustration *]

Dodgson, Campbell. Woodcuts and Metal Cuts of the Fifteenth Century, Chiefly of the German School. London: Trustees of the British Museum, 1914. [A catalogue of an exhibition.] [* Subject heading: early printed books: production; incunabula; book illustration *]

Dodgson, Campbell. Woodcuts of the Fifteenth Century in the John Rylands Library, Manchester, Reproduced in Facsimile with an Introduction and Notes. The John Rylands Facsimiles 4. Manchester: Manchester University Press; London: Longmans, Green and Co. and Bernard Quaritch; New York, Bombay, Calcutta, Madras: Longmans, Green and Co., 1915. [* Subject heading: early printed books: production; incunabula; book illustration *]

Edwards, A. S. G., and Carol M. Meale. "The Marketing of Printed Books in Late Medieval England." The Library 6th ser. 15 (1993): 95-124. [A comparison of the ways in which William Caxton, Wynkyn de Worde, and Richard Pynson attempted to create markets for the books that they had to sell, including discussions of patrons, of political connections, of woodcuts (the "visual dimension of book design"), and of choice of material. "Taken all in all we may conclude that it is de Worde who emerges as the crucial figure in the consolidation of printing as a commercial structure in England in the early sixteenth century, . . . [for he] was led to more variegated and innovative forms of publishing and to a wider sense of the technical and institutional possibilities of printing" (124).] [* Subject heading: early printed books; incunabula *]

Gillespie, Vincent, and Susan Powell, eds. A Companion to the Early Printed Book in Britain, 1476-1558. Cambridge: D. S. Brewer / Boydell and Brewer, 2014. [* Subject heading: Early printed books and incunabula: production; history of the book; book industries and trade (England) *]

Goldschmidt, Ernst Philip. Medieval Texts and their First Appearance in Print. London: Oxford University Press, for the Bibliographical Society, 1943. [* Subject heading: early printed books; incunabula *]

Greenfield, Jane. ABC as Bookbinding. New Castle, DE: Oak Knoll Books, 1997. [* Subject heading: early printed books; modern books; material production (bookbinding) *]

Heawood, E[dward]. "Sources of Early English Paper Supply." The Library 4th ser. 10 (1929): 282-307. [* Subject heading: early printed books; incunabula; material production (paper) *]

Heawood, Edward. Watermarks, Mainly of the 17th and 18th Centuries. Monumenta chartae papyraceae historiam illustrantia 1. Hilversum, Holland: Paper Publications Society, 1950. [* Subject heading: early printed books; modern books; material production (paper); watermarks *]

Hindman, Sandra. Pen to Press, Paint to Print: Manuscript Illumination and Early Prints in the Age of Gutenberg. Paris and New York: Les Enluminures, 2009. [Publisher's description: "This catalogue examines the discourse on manuscripts and prints in the age of Gutenberg, providing complete descriptions of 44 works."] [* Subject heading: early printed books and incunabula: production; early modern manuscripts; relation of manuscripts and books; manuscript illumination and decoration *]

Hinman, Charlton. The Printing and Proof-Reading of the First Folio of Shakespeare. 2 vols. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1963. [* Subject heading: early printed books: production *]

Hirsch, Rudolf. Printing, Selling and Reading, 1450-1550. 2nd ed. Wiesbaden: Otto Harrassowitz, 1974. [* Subject heading: early printed books: production; incunabula; reading and readers *]

Hodnett, Edward. English Woodcuts, 1480-1535. Illustrated Monographs Issued by the Bibliographical Society 22. London: Oxford University Press, for the Bibliographical Society, 1935 (for 1934). [A catalogue of the woodcuts which were used (and frequently reused) in early printed books in England.] [* Subject heading: early printed books: production; incunabula; book illustration *]

Hunt, Arnold, Giles Mandelbrote, and Alison Shell, eds. The Book Trade and its Customers, 1450-1900: Historical Essays for Robin Myers. Winchester: St. Paul's Bibliographies, 1997. [* Subject heading: early printed books: production; incunabula; early modern books; ownership and collecting; provenance *]

Jensen, Kristian. Incunabula in the Bodleian Library. Patrimonia 66. Berlin: KulturStiftung der Länder; Köln: Fritz Thyssen Stiftung, 1992. [Not a catalogue, but a description of the collection as a catalogue is in the process of being prepared.] [* Subject heading: early printed books; incunabula *]

Johnson, J., and S. Gibson. Print and Privilege at Oxford to the Year 1700. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1946. [* Subject heading: early printed books: production; incunabula *]

Jubert, Roxanne. Typography and Graphic Design, from Antiquity to the Present. Fwd. Ellen Lupton and Serge Lemoine. Trans. Deke Dusinberre and David Radzinowicz. Paris: Editions Flammarion, 2006. [* Subject heading: Early printed books and incunabula: production; Printing, history of; material production (typography) *]

Kwakkel, Erik. "A New Type of Book for a New Type of Reader: The Emergence of Paper in Vernacular Book Production." The Library 7th ser. 4 (2003): 219-248. [* Subject heading: Early printed books and incunabula: production; history of printing; material production (paper) *]

Lee, Marshall. Bookmaking: Editing / Design / Production. 3rd ed. New York: W. W. Norton, 2004. [* Subject heading: early printed books and incunabula: production; page layout and design; incunabula; copy-texts and exemplars; textual criticism and editing *]

Luborsky, Ruth Samson, and Elizabeth Morley Ingram. A Guide to English Illustrated Books, 1536-1603. Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies 166. Tempe, AZ: Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Arizona State University, 1998. [* Subject heading: early printed books; book illustration *]

Parry, J. H. "Depicting a New World." In The Early Illustrated Book: Essays in Honor of Lessing J. Rosenwald. Ed. Sandra Hindman. Washington, DC: Library of Congress, 1982. Pp. 136-149. [Discusses illustrations in early printed books showing scenes from the "New World."] [* Subject heading: early printed books; incunabula; book illustration *]

Pearson, David. English Bookbinding Styles, 1450-1800. London: British Library, 2005. [* Subject heading: early printed books: production; material production (bookbinding) *]

Piccard, Gerhard. Die Wasserzeichenkartei Piccard im Haupstaatsarchiv Stuttgart: Findbuch. 17 vols. in 24. Stuttgart: W. Kohlhammer, 1961-1997. [Supplements, and to some extent supersedes, Briquet on watermarks.] [* Subject heading: early printed books; material production (paper); watermarks *]

Pollard, H. G. "Changes in the Style of Bookbinding, 1550-1830." The Library 5th ser. 11 (1956): 71-94. [* Subject heading: early printed books: production; material production (bookbinding) *]

Rasmussen, B. Hjlund. The Transition from Manuscript to Printed Book: An Inaugural Lecture given in the University College of Rhodesia and Nyasaland on 24 June 1960. London: Oxford University Press, 1962. [* Subject heading: early printed books: production; incunabula; relation of manuscripts and books *]

Simpson, Percy. Proof-Reading in the Sixteenth, Seventeenth, and Eighteenth Centuries. London: Oxford University Press, 1935. [* Subject heading: early printed books: production; modern books *]

Smith, Margaret M. "The Design Relationship Between the Manuscript and the Incunable." In A Millennium of the Book: Production, Design and Illustration in Manuscript and Print, 900-1900. Ed. Robin Myers and Michael Harris. Publishing Pathways. Winchester: St Paul's Bibliographies; New Castle, DE: Oak Knoll Press, 1994. Pp. 23-43. [That the common cliché about the early printed book "imitating" the manuscript is misleading: obviously, the incunable owed much to the manuscript, but the term "imitate" implies a) a relationship of something "fake" to something "real," but is the manuscript any more "real" than the book that succeeded it? and b) an action which is deceitful, and this implication has actually led some writers on the subject to go so far as to suggest that early book producers were practicing a form of counterfeiting. Rather, "manuscripts were the natural starting point (the antecedents and/or prototypes) for printed books, and . . . the relationship is better characterized as emulation rather than imitation," and many of the "imitative" features are explicable in simple terms of the economics of production (p. 25).] [* Subject heading: early printed books: production; incunabula; relation of manuscripts and books; page layout and design *]

Smith, Margaret M. The Title-Page: Its Early Development, 1460-1510. London: British Library; New Castle, DE: Oak Knoll Press, 2000. [* Subject Headings: history of the book; early printed books; book illustration *]

Smythe, Sara Lanier. "Woodcuts in English Books, 1536-1560." Ph.D. thesis. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1973. [A supplement to Hodnett, English Woodcuts, continuing the catalogue to 1560.] [* Subject heading: early printed books: production; incunabula; book illustration *]

Talbot, Charles. "Topography as Landscape in Early Printed Books." In The Early Illustrated Book: Essays in Honor of Lessing J. Rosenwald. Ed. Sandra Hindman. Washington, DC: Library of Congress, 1982. Pp. 105-116. [Talbot discusses woodcut illustrations of city-scapes in early printed books.] [* Subject heading: early printed books; incunabula; book illustration *]

Wagner, Bettina, ed. Als die Lettern laufen lernten: Medienwandel im 15. Jahrhundert; Inkunabeln aus der Bayerische Staatsbiblothek Müchen. [Exhibition catalogue.] Weisbaden: Reichert Verlag, 2009. [Publisher's description: "The invention of printing with movable letters by Johann Gutenberg is frequently described as a 'media revolution' and compared with the effects of the 'electronic revolution' of the past decades. While both events had far-reaching consequences on the production and distribution of texts, this exhibition intends to demonstrate that a gradual transition rather then a sudden turn over took place in the second half of the 15th century. Increasingly, printing techniques were employed for the production of books, but the oldest printed books, traditionally referred to as incunabula, still included many individual features which were created by hand. Thus innovation and tradition overlap in many respects: the modern techniques for the multiplication of texts and images in print only gradually superseded handwriting, and for a long time, printed books continued to be corrected by hand and to be decorated with hand-coloured headlines and painted illustrations."] [* Subject heading: incunabula; history of the book; history of publishing; early printed books; book illustration *]



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