Academic journal article The Journal of the Early Book Society for the Study of Manuscripts and Printing History

Lotte Hellinga: William Caxton and Early Printing in England

Academic journal article The Journal of the Early Book Society for the Study of Manuscripts and Printing History

Lotte Hellinga: William Caxton and Early Printing in England

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LOTTE HELLINGA

William Caxton and Early Printing in England.

London: The British Library, 2010. 212 pp. 116 figures.

This new publication by Lotte Hellinga benefits from her outstanding contribution to the publication of BMC XI (reviewed JEBS 10, 2007) and will become a standard reference tool for scholars. Not directed at scholars alone, the format of this British Library publication encourages a non- specialist readership as well, and its attractive layout incorporates 116 figures showing title pages, colophons, and other pages from printed books, many in color and most from the British Library collection. (They are distributed throughout the book and are immensely helpful and illuminating to the discussions, perhaps especially those on typefaces. There is a List of Illustrations at the end.) Of the eighteen brief chapters, twelve take the reader through Caxton's life in Bruges, Cologne, and Westminster, interpolate the attempts at printing in Oxford, London, and St. Albans in the 1470s and 1480s, and conclude with Caxton's final years; the remaining six handle Richard Pynson, Wynkyn de Worde, and others of lesser importance. The book is supplied with Further Reading for each theme pursued by Hellinga; these are very useful but (for a scholarly audience at least) do not make up for the lack of an index. For example, a reference to the work of Paul Christianson on p. 150 requires one to look through the themes and alight on Christianson under "The trade in printed books" (p. …

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