By Mark Bland
A advisor to Early published Books and Manuscripts offers an creation 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 basic research• Explains the complicated strategy of viewing files as artefacts, exhibiting readers the best way to describe files correctly and the way to learn their actual properties• Demonstrates how one can use the data gleaned as a device for learning the transmission of literary documents• Makes transparent why such issues are very important and the needs to which such info is put• positive aspects illustrations which are rigorously selected for his or her unfamiliarity with a view to retain the dialogue fresh
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95,000 reams annually; by the 1660s, this had increased further to nearly 120,000 reams (with a peak of 154,000 reams in 1668 when paper stocks were replaced after the Great Fire, which suggests that the trade kept about three months’ supply in hand). 18 This growth reveals more than the sustained growth of the book-trade; it must represent a signiﬁcant increase in manuscript use: not only were people using more paper, a greater proportion of the population as a whole used more paper. Thus, as a measure of the impact of widening literacy amongst all social classes, paper imports provide an inherently crude, but revealing picture of the scale of the changes taking place.
The ﬁrst obvious thing about paper is its colour and, at touch, its texture: whether it is coarse or smooth, and its weight. Some paper may be subject to discolouration from water-staining or chemical washing (which turns it a pale brown), but most ‘white’ paper will vary from a milky opalescence through cream, to shades of yellow and brown if displaying signs of ageing. Inevitably, the better qualities of paper are less prone to visible ageing than the cheaper ones and, if they are bound in the same volume as other material they will either appear as dense but not coarse (as with Swiss paper), or lighter and brighter (as the Italian and Spanish papers are), than the surrounding documents.
More recently, Bernard Rosenthal gave the Beinecke Library at Yale a collection of early printed books with extensive marginalia: see B. M. Rosenthal, The Rosenthal Collection of Printed Books with Manuscript Annotations (New Haven CT, 1997). 49 Such observations are not exclusive to the Aeschylus, although the Estienne edition is a useful example of a history of annotation that is largely overlooked by both classicists and early modern scholars. 50 For instance, M. M. Foot, Bookbinders at Work: Their Roles and Methods (London, 2006).
A Guide to Early Printed Books and Manuscripts by Mark Bland