Academic journal article Medium Aevum

A Companion to the Early Printed Book in Britain 1476-1558

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

A Companion to the Early Printed Book in Britain 1476-1558

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A Companion to the Early Printed Book in Britain 1446-1448, ed. Vincent Gillespie and Susan Powell (Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 2014). xviii + 390 pp.; 32 illustrations. ISBN 9781-84384-363-4. £60.00. This volume draws together specialists in book history to provide an overview of the issues surrounding the early printed book, with particular attention to the period between the introduction of printing to England in 1476 and the death of Mary Tudor in 1558. Julia Boffey, Tamara Atkin, A. S. G. Edwards, and Alan Coates open the volume with a section on 'The printed book trade', with attention to the transition from manuscript to print and practicalities of the book trade. Pamela Robinson, Alexandra Gillespie, and Martha W Driver explore 'The printed book as artefact', with attention to printing materials, bookbinding, and woodcuts and decorative techniques. …

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