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Bibliography: History of Printing


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Baron, Sabrina Alcorn, Eric N. Lindquist, and Eleanor F. Shevlin, eds. Agent of Change: Print Culture Studies after Elizabeth L. Eisenstein. Amherst, MA: University of Massachusetts Press. 2007. [Publisher's description: "Inspiring debate since its publication, Eisenstein's The Printing Press as an Agent of Change: Communications and Cultural Transformations in Early-Modern Europe (1979) has exercised its own force as an agent of change in the world of scholarship. This book addresses the legacy of Eisenstein's work in print culture studies today as it suggests future directions for the field."] [* Subject heading: Printing, history of; history of the book; history of publishing *]

Blayney, Peter W. M. The Stationer's Company and the Printers of London, 1501-1557. 2 vols. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013. [Contents: Volume 1. 1357-1500: historical and lexical introduction -- 1501-1509: in the beginning -- 1510-1520: royal privilege and clerical scrutiny -- 1521-1528: the church clamps down -- 1529-1534: the old order changeth -- 1535-1541: a septennium of Bibles -- 1535-1541: the company grows -- 1542-1546: the end of Henry's reign -- Volume 2. 1547-1553: the reign of Edward VI -- 1553-1557: from catastrophe to charter -- 1554-1557: the road to incorporation -- 1501-1557: conclusion.] [* Subject heading: Printing, history of; book industries and trade; England; London; biography; printing industry; law and legislation; Stationer's Company; printers *]

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 *]

Füssel, Stephan. Gutenberg and the Impact of Printing. Trans. Douglas Martin. Aldershot, Hants., and Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2005. [* Subject heading: printing, history of; Johannes Gutenberg; literary transmission; reception history *]

Eisenstein, Elizabeth L. Divine Art, Infernal Machine: The Reception of Printing in the West from First Impressions to the Sense of an Ending. Material Texts. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2010. [Publisher's description: "In Divine Art, Infernal Machine, Eisenstein, author of the hugely influential The Printing Press as an Agent of Change, has written a magisterial and highly readable account of five centuries of ambivalent attitudes toward printing and printers. Once again, she makes a compelling case for the ways in which technological developments and cultural shifts are intimately related. Always keeping an eye on the present, she recalls how, in the nineteenth century, the steam press was seen both as a giant engine of progress and as signaling the end of a golden age. Predictions that the newspaper would supersede the book proved to be false, and Eisenstein is equally skeptical of pronouncements of the supersession of print by the digital. The use of print has always entailed ambivalence about serving the muses as opposed to profiting from the marketing of commodities. Somewhat newer is the tension between the perceived need to preserve an ever-increasing mass of texts against the very real space and resource constraints of bricks-and-mortar libraries. Whatever the multimedia future may hold, Eisenstein notes, our attitudes toward print will never be monolithic. For now, however, reports of its death are greatly exaggerated."] [Contents: First impressions -- After Luther: civil war in Christendom -- After Erasmus: propelling the knowledge industry -- Eighteenth-century attitudes -- Zenith of print culture (nineteenth century) -- The newspaper press: the end of books -- The sense of an ending: fin de siècle to the present.] [* Subject heading: history of printing; reception history; early printed books; material production (bookbinding, paper) *]

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 *]

Harms, Roeland, Joad Raymond, and Jeroen Salman, eds. Not Dead Things: The Dissemination of Popular Print in England and Wales, Italy, and the Low Countries, 1500-1820. Library of the Written Word 30. Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2013. [Publisher's description: "This collection explores the surprising ways by which cheap print moved across Europe, focussing on Italy, the Netherlands and Britain. Looking at pedlars, commerce and communication, it presents a model of textual dissemination and the material and economic premises of European landscapes of print."] [Contents: Introduction: the distribution and dissemination of popular print / Roeland Harms, Joad Raymond and Jeroen Salman -- Print peddling and urban culture in Renaissance Italy / Rosa Salzberg -- Pedlars in the Netherlands from 1600 to 1850: nuisance or necessity? / Jeroen Salman -- 'Selling prints for the Remondini': Italian pedlars travelling through Europe during the eighteenth century / Alberto Milano -- 'Wandering with pamphlets': the infrastructure of news circulation in civil war England / Jason Peacey -- The cries of London from the Renaissance to the nineteenth century: a short history / Sean Shesgreen -- Peddling in texts and images: the Dutch visual perspective / Karen Bowen -- Costumes and customs in print: travel, ethnography, and the representation of street-sellers in early modern Italy / Melissa Calaresu -- The dissemination of Quaker pamphlets in the 1650s / Kate Peters -- International news and the seventeenth-century English newspaper / Joad Raymond -- Storehouses of news: the meaning of early modern news periodicals in Western Europe / Joop W. Koopmans -- 'All the world is led and rul'd by opinion': the relationship between printed news and public opinion / Roeland Harms -- The development and distribution of the first educational print series in the Netherlands, 1800-1820 / Jo Thijssen.] [* Subject heading: Printing, the history of; book industries and trade; publishers and publishing; Western Europe; Printing press *]

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 *]

Kapr, Albert. Johann Gutenberg: The Man and His Invention. Trans. Douglas Martin. Aldershot, Hants., and Brookfield, VT: Ashgate, 1996. [* Subject heading: history of printing; Johannes Gutenberg; literary transmission; reception history *]

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. . . . Kuskin explores the dynamic nature of culture during the last quarter of the century, which he finds less thoroughly studied than other literary periods. He covers capital and literary form, authorship and the Chaucerian inheritance, and print and social organization."] [* Subject heading: history of printing; late medieval; fifteenth century; literary history; social contexts; William Caxton *]

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. British Library Guides. London: British Library; Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1998. [Publisher's description: "Printing is generally held to be one of the most important inventions of all time and to have helped change the course of history. It can be described as a means of giving form to and multiplying graphic signs and messages, and its extraordinary social, artistic and intellectual impact derives from its technical appropriateness and adaptability."] [* Subject heading: history of printing *]



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