Aldus Manutius (1455-1515) was the greatest printer of the Italian Renaissance. Active in Venice, Aldus was the first to print the canon of Greek classics, the first to print in italic type, and the first to publish books in a portable format, making great literature available to a mass audience for the first time in history. In honor of the quincentennial of his death, the exhibition catalogue explores each of these "firsts," and considers the enduring influence of Aldus on the way we capture knowledge to this day. - See more at: http://www.oakknoll.com/pages/books/126651/g-scott-clemons-h-george-fletcher/
In an invitingly tactile history of this 2,000-year-old medium, Houston follows the development of writing, printing, the art of illustrations, and binding to show how we have moved from cuneiform tablets and papyrus scrolls to the hardcovers and paperbacks of today. The Book gives us the momentous and surprising history behind humanity’s most important—and universal—information technology.
Contents: Prelude Part I Beginnings 1 The Book Before Print. 2 The Invention of Printing. 3 Renaissance Encounters: The Crisis of Print.
Part II Consolidation 4 The Creation of a European Book Market. 5 Book Town Wittenberg. 6 Luther's Legacy. 7 First with the News. 8 Polite Recreations. 9 At School.
Part III Conflict 10 The Literature of Conflict. 11 The Search for Order. 12 Market Forces.
Part IV New Worlds 13 Science and Exploration. 14 Healing. 15 Building a Library. 16 Word and the Street. A Note on Sources: Mapping the Geography of Print. Appendix: A Summary of printed outputs throughout Europe, 1450-1600.
What did most people read? Where did they get it? Where did it come from? What were its uses in its readers' lives? How was it produced and distributed? What were its relations to the wider world of print culture? How did it develop over time? These questions are central toThe Oxford Historyof Popular Print Culture, an ambitious nine-volume series devoted to the exploration of popular print culture in English from the beginning of the sixteenth century to the present.
This companion provides a comprehensive guide to issues relevant to the early printed book, covering the significant cultural, social and technological developments from 1476 (the introduction of printing to England) to 1558 (the death of Mary Tudor). Divided into thematic sections (the printed book trade; the book as artifact; patrons, purchasers and producers; and the cultural capital of print), it considers the social, historical, and cultural context of the rise of print.
Behind every great writer is a great editor-so goes the maxim that writers abhor and publishers adore. The struggle between writer and publisher is as long and fraught as the history of print itself. As distinguished historian Anthony Grafton reveals inThe Culture of Correction, even during the Renaissance authors fumed and cursed over what became of their work in the printing house as it was prepared for publication.
"Focusing on documents from the late sixteenth and early mid-seventeenth century, the author explains the complex process of viewing documents as artefacts, showing readers how to describe documents properly and how to read their physical properties. This helpful guide demonstrates how we are to use this information, together with an understanding of the processes of production and modification, as a tool for studying the transmission of literary documents."--BOOK JACKET.
From handwritten texts to online books, the page has been a standard interface for transmitting knowledge for over two millennia. It is also a dynamic device, readily transformed to suit the needs of contemporary readers. In How the Page Matters, Bonnie Mak explores how changing technology has affected the reception of visual and written information.
The contributions to this volume address important issues about books and their users in the 15th century. A unifying theme is the complex relationships between producers - be they authors, printers or decorators - the economic conditions of book distribution, and the requirements of readers or other users of books. Such engaged and informed openness towards other disciplines is necessary for students of books to understand why the European invention of printing was successful - of why books became the first successful mechanically mass-produced marketable product.
What perceptions did people have of printed material after its introduction into England? How did these perceptions determine their own practices in dealing with books and documents—both as producers and consumers? In Manuscript and Print in London c.1475–1530, Julia Boffey explores the evolving relationship of Londoners with handwritten manuscripts and printed material after William Caxton’s establishment of a printing business at Westminster in 1476. Drawing from a wide range of surviving materials from the period, Boffey approaches textual production from the points of view of readers and writers, investigating the choices they made and shedding light on the different ways that both adapted to the availability of the new technology. Copiously illustrated with images from manuscripts and printed books, this volume will break new ground in the growing area of scholarship on print culture and the history of the book.
"In this book, Carl Goldstein examines the print culture of seventeenth-century France through a study of the career of Abraham Bosse, a well-known printmaker, book illustrator, and author of books and pamphlets on a variety of technical subjects"-- Provided by publisher.
"What difference did printing make? Although the importance of the advent of printing for the Western world has long been recognized, it was Elizabeth Eisenstein in her monumental, two-volume work, The Printing Press as an Agent of Change, who provided the first full-scale treatment of the subject. This illustrated and abridged edition provides a stimulating survey of the communications revolution of the fifteenth century. After summarizing the initial changes, and introducing the establishment of printing shops, it considers how printing effected three major cultural movements: the Renaissance, the Reformation, and the rise of modern science."--Publisher's description.
Joseph A. Dane’s What Is a Book? is an introduction to the study of books produced during the period of the hand press, dating from around 1450 through 1800. Using his own bibliographic interests as a guide, Dane selects illustrative examples primarily from fifteenth-century books, books of particular interest to students of English literature, and books central to the development of Anglo-American bibliography.