The Production of Books in England 1350–1500

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Alexandra Gillespie, Daniel Wakelin
Cambridge University Press, Apr 14, 2011 - Literary Criticism
Between roughly 1350 and 1500, the English vernacular became established as a language of literary, bureaucratic, devotional and controversial writing; metropolitan artisans formed guilds for the production and sale of books for the first time; and Gutenberg's and eventually Caxton's printed books reached their first English consumers. This book gathers the best work on manuscript books in England made during this crucial but neglected period. Its authors survey existing research, gather intensive new evidence and develop new approaches to key topics. The chapters cover the material conditions and economy of the book trade; amateur production both lay and religious; the effects of censorship; and the impact on English book production of manuscripts and artisans from elsewhere in the British Isles and Europe. A wide-ranging and innovative series of essays, this volume is a major contribution to the history of the book in medieval England.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 Materials
12
2 Writing the words
34
3 Mapping the words
59
4 Designing the page
79
5 Decorating and illustrating the page
104
6 Compiling the book
129
7 Bookbinding
150
10 Book production outside commercial contexts
212
11 Censorship
239
12 Books beyond England
259
13 English books and the continent
276
the book in culture
292
Bibliography
299
Index of manuscripts
351
General index
358

8 Commercial organization and economic innovation
173
9 Vernacular literary manuscripts and their scribes
192

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About the author (2011)

Alexandra Gillespie is Associate Professor of English at the University of Toronto.

Daniel Wakelin is Lecturer in English at the University of Cambridge.