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By Mark Bland

A consultant to Early published Books and Manuscripts offers an advent to the language and ideas hired in bibliographical reviews and textual scholarship as they pertain to early glossy manuscripts and revealed texts  • Winner, Honourable point out for Literature, Language and Linguistics, American Publishers Prose Awards, 2010• established virtually solely on new fundamental research• Explains the complicated means of viewing files as artefacts, displaying readers the right way to describe records competently and the way to learn their actual properties• Demonstrates find out how to use the data gleaned as a device for learning the transmission of literary documents• Makes transparent why such concerns are vital and the needs to which such info is put• positive factors illustrations which are conscientiously selected for his or her unfamiliarity as a way to hold the dialogue fresh

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15 The centres of production have been studied, however less is known about the commercial aspects of the business. We know how much paper was imported into Britain in the late sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, where it came from, the physical aspects of how it was sold, in what sizes, and for how much. Prior to the late seventeenth-century, however, we have very little real feeling for the distribution networks, the identity of all but a few wholesalers, or the geography of going and buying a quire or ream from a stationer (particularly if the retailer was not a member of the Stationers’ Company, and not in London); nor do we know the extent to which printers, publishers, and other booksellers relied on paper sales as a significant part of their commercial turnover.

J. McKitterick, A History of Cambridge University Press: Volume 1, Printing and the Book Trade in Cambridge, 1534–1698 (Cambridge, 1992), 15. DC, Paper 35 or image) are quite separate from the details of the paper being used. This means that paper is informative as to where and when a document came to be, in that it can be matched to other documents with paper from the same tray that were used in other contexts. What we typically want to know is when and why paper and text or image became connected.

Bland, ‘Italian Paper in Early Seventeenth Century England’, Paper as a Medium of Cultural Heritage: Archaeology and Conservation, ed. R. Graziaplena (Rome, 2004), 243–55; import figures can be found in Coleman, The British Paper Industry, 18–21. 37 See, M. B. Bland, ‘The London Book-Trade in 1600’, A Companion to Shakespeare, ed. D. S. Kastan (Oxford, 1999), 450–63. Paper 39 letter from the Earl of Pembroke to Sir Michael Hicks, dated ‘8 May’, requesting a six-month extension to a loan, was dated by a later hand as having been written on 8 May 1601 and so bound in the sequence of his correspondence.

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