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Bibliography: History of Printing

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Blum, André. The Origins of Printing and Engraving. Trans. Harry Miller Lydenberg. New York: Charles Scribners Sons, 1940. [* Subject heading: history of printing *]

Driver, Martha W. "A False Imprint in Chaucer's Workes: Protestant Printers in London (and Zurich?)." Trivium 31 (1999): 131-154. [Vol. 31 of Trivium is a special issue: "Sources, Exemplars, and Copy-Texts: Influence and Transmission; Essays from the Lampeter Conference of the Early Book Society, 1997," ed. William Marx.] [* Subject heading: history of printing; early printed books; bibliographic forgeries; Geoffrey Chaucer, Works *]

Dudek, Louis. Literature and the Press: A History of Printing, Printed Media, and Their Relation to Literature. Toronto: Ryerson Press / Contact Press, 1960. [* Subject heading: early printed books; incunabula; history of printing; literary transmission *]

Evenden, Elizabeth. "The Impact of Print: The Perceived Worth of the Printed Book in England, 1476-1575." In The Oxford Handbook of Medieval Literature in English. Ed. Elaine M. Treharne and Greg Walker. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2010. Pp. 90-108. [* Subject Heading: Printing, history of; printing culture; early modern England; early books *]

Halasz, Alexandra. The Marketplace of Print: Pamphlets and the Public Sphere in Early Modern England. Cambridge Studies in Renaissance Literature and Culture 17. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1997. [A study of the pamphlets of Robert Greene, Thomas Nashe, Thomas Deloney and others, in the context of the history and deployment of printing technology, demonstrating "the developing entanglement between technology and capitalism."] [* Subject heading: history of printing *]

Heilbronner, Walter L. Printing and the Book in Fifteenth-Century England: A Bibliographical Survey. Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, for the Bibliographic Society of the University of Virginia, 1967. [* Subject heading: history of printing; early printed books; incunabula *]

Kuskin, William. Symbolic Caxton: Literary Culture and Print Capitalism. Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 2008. [Publisher's description: "William Kuskin argues that the development of print production is part of a larger social network involving the political, economic, and literary systems that produce the intangible constellations of identity and authority. For Kuskin, William Caxton (1422-1491), the first English printer, becomes a unique lens through which to view these issues. Kuskin contends that recognizing the fundamental complexity inherent in the transformation from manuscript to print--the power of literature to formulate its audience, the intimacy of capital and communication, the closeness of commodities and identity--makes possible a clear understanding of the way cultural, bibliographical, financial, and technological instruments intersect in a process of symbolic production. While this book is the first to connect the contents of late medieval literature to its technological form, it also speaks to contemporary culture, wrestling with our own paradigm shift in the relationship between literature and technology."] [* Subject Heading: History of Printing; late medieval; fifteenth century; literary history; social contexts *]

McKerrow, Ronald B. A Dictionary of Printers and Booksellers in England, Scotland, and Ireland, and of Foreign Printers of English Books, 1557-1640. London: Blades, East and Blades, for the Bibliographical Society, 1910. [* Subject heading: history of printing; early printed books: production; incunabula; ownership and collecting; provenance *]

Moran, James. Printing Presses: History and Development from the Fifteenth Century to Modern Times. London: Faber and Faber; Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1973. [* Subject heading: history of printing *]

Moxon, Joseph. Mechanick Exercises: On the Whole Art of Printing (1683-4). Ed. Herbert Davis and Harry Carter. 2nd ed. London: Oxford University Press, 1962. [1st ed. 1958. Reprinted from a copy of Mechanick Exercieses, Vol. 2, 1683, in the Bodleian Library, Oxford (Gibson 200). The Mechanick Exercises in two volumes constitutes an attempt to explain some of the processes of hand-crafted manufacturing arts, originally issued in monthly parts beginning in 1678. Vol. 1 (by the time of the third and last expanded edition) included instruction in Smithing, Joinery, Carpentry, Turning, and Bricklaying. The second volume, entirely devoted to printing (from type foundry to binding of finished book), includes a number of illustrations (supplemented further by photographs in this reprint) useful for illustrating the early printing press, typesetting, etc.] [* Subject heading: history of printing *]

Needham, Paul, and Michael Joseph. Adventure and Art: The First Hundred Years of Printing. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 1999. [* Subject heading: history of printing; early printed books; incunabula *]

Nixon, Howard M. "Caxton, His Contemporaries and Successors in the Book Trade from Westminster Documents." The Library 5th ser. 31 (1976): 305-326. [* Subject heading: history of printing; early printed books: production; incunabula *]

Painter, G[eorge] D[uncan]. Studies in Fifteenth-Century Printing. Studies in the History of Printing 3. London: Pindar Press, 1984. [* Subject heading: history of printing; early printed books: production; incunabula; Johannes Gutenberg *]

Plomer, Henry Robert. William Caxton. London: L. Parsons, 1925. [* Subject heading: history of printing; early printed books: production; incunabula *]

Plomer, Henry Robert. Wynkyn de Worde and his Contemporaries from the Death of Caxton to 1535. London: Grafton and Co., 1925. [* Subject heading: history of printing; early printed books: production; incunabula *]

Rummonds, Richard-Gabriel. Printing on the Iron Handpress. London: British Library, 1998. [A manual on how to operate a printing press.] [* Subject heading: history of printing *]

Steinberg, S[igfrid] H. Five Hundred Years of Printing. 3rd ed. Rev. James Moran. Foreword Beatrice Warde. Harmondsworth: Penguin Books, 1974. [* Subject heading: history of printing *]

Twyman, Michael. The British Library Guide to Printing: History and Techniques. The British Library Guides. London: British Library, 1998. [* Subject heading: history of printing *]

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