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Scribal Publication in Seventeenth-Century England (Hardback)
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Scribal Publication in Seventeenth-Century England (Hardback)

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Hardback 390 Pages / Published: 20/05/1993
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BL Contains substantial discussions of Donne, Shakespeare, Rochester, and Swift Long after the establishment of printing in England, many writers and composers still preferred to publish their work through handwritten copies. Texts so transmitted included some of the most distinguished poetry and music of the seventeenth century, along with a rich variety of political. scientific, antiquarian, and philosophical writings. While censorship was one reason for this persistence of the older practice, scribal publication remained the norm for texts which were required only in small numbers, or whose authors wished to avoid `the stigma of print'. The present study is the first to consider the trade in manuscripts as an important supplement to that in printed books, and to descrice the agencies that met the need for rapid duplication of key texts. By integrating the large body of findings already available concerning particular texts and authors it provides an arresting new perspective on authorship and the communication of ideas.

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780198112198
Number of pages: 390
Weight: 708 g
Dimensions: 225 x 145 x 27 mm


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...this important book, which both describes and analyses one of the almost forgotten phenomena of publishing history. Dr Love's findings and ideas will be of great significance. Editors have long recognised that they cannot ignore the manuscript sources. Dr Love has now shown them how they must analyse and use them to gain a fuller understanding of the texts of these important historical and literary documents. Few readers of this book... will come away from it without learning something, and most readers, like your reviewer, will learn a very great deal indeed. It is ... warmly recommended.' John Feather, Loughborough University, Rare Books Newsletter 45
This is a bold and timely book. ... a broad and illuminating account of the context from which much writing in this period grew. It demonstrates the need for a full scholarly edition of the anti-court political satire written in the reigns of James I and Charles I, to parallel the Yale edition of Poems of Affairs of State. It offers a methodology, a definition of terms - and a sense of how much still remains to be done on the seventeenth-century manuscript archive.' Times Literary Supplement
There is far more in this astonishingly rich book than I can possibly rehearse here, I can only point to a reading of Mac Flecknoe in full awareness of its scribal publication ... a memorable put-down of Jonathan Goldberg, some dazzling pages on 'Swift, Script and Print'... new and persuasive reflections on 'Editing Scribally Published Texts'. Scribal publication was the preferred form of publication for Donne, King, Carew, Marvell, Rochester, and Dorset. This learned book will encourage scholars to be more aware of the practice.' Keith Walker, University College, London, Modern Language Review, 25, 1995
...a fascinating book, full of ideas and theories about the distinctions between scribal and printed publications....to be read by as many musicologists and music biographers as possible. * Notes *
It is a particularly auspicious time,..for the appearance of Harold Love's synthesizing monograaph, Scribal Publication in Seventeenth-Century England...It's synthesis of textual theory and its exploration of the material conditions of literary culture in the seven-teenth century are valuable indeed, as are its notes and bibliography...The book is a significant contribution to the study of literrary practice in a transitional age, before the triumph of print was complete. * Review *
Harold Love's Scribal Publications in Seventeenth-Century England does what most scholars wish they could and what few actually accomplish. By envisioning manuscript artifacts not as grist for print editions but rather as evidence of past activity, Love opens up a new arena for inquiry. ...wider use of the strategies he deploys will provide us with "an understanding" that both scribal transmissions and "reading" were activities "that w[ere] always communal as well as individual". * Early Modern Literary Studies *
Love's book is rich in detailed discussions of writings, techniques and processes. His wide scholarly reading is matched by sensitivity both in his interpretations and in his theorizing. * Peter S. Graham, Rutgers University Libraries, Renaissance Quarterly *

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