Makers and Users of Medieval Books

Makers and Users of Medieval Books

Essays in Honour of A.S.G. Edwards

Edited by Carol M. Meale, Derek Pearsall





Essays exploring different aspects of late medieval and early modern manuscript and book culture.
Late medieval manuscripts and early modern print history form the focus of this volume. It includes new work on the compilation of some important medieval manuscript miscellanies and major studies of merchant patronage and of a newly revealed woman patron, alongside explorations of medieval texts and the post-medieval reception history of Langland, Chaucer and Nicholas Love. It thus pays a fitting tribute to the career of Professor A.S.G. Edwards, highlighting his scholarly interests and demonstrating the influence of his achievements.

Carol M. Meale is Senior Research Fellow at the University of Bristol; Derek Pearsall is Professor Emeritus at Harvard University and Honorary Research Professor at the University of York.

Contributors: Nicolas Barker, J.A. Burrow, A.I. Doyle, Martha W. Driver, Susanna Fein, Jane Griffiths, Lotte Hellinga, Alfred Hiatt, Simon Horobin, Richard Linenthal, Carol M. Meale, Orietta Da Rold, John Scattergood, Kathleen L. Scott, Toshiyuki Takamiya, John J. Thompson.

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June 2014
36 black and white illustrations
275 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
ISBN: 9781843843757
Format: Hardback
BISAC LIT011000, LIT007000
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Table of Contents

Winning and Wasting in Wynnere and Wastoure and Piers Plowman - John A. Burrow
The Reference Work in the Fifteenth Century: John Whethamstede's Granarium - Alfred Hiatt
Pageants Reconsidered - Martha W. Driver
Codicology, Localization and Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS. Laud Misc. 108 - Orietta Da Rold
The Fillers of the Auchinleck Manuscript and the Literary Culture of the West Midlands - Susanna Fein
Tanner 190 Revisited - Nicolas Barker
Early Printed Continental Books owned in England: Some Examples in the Takamiya Collection - Toshiyuki Takamiya and Richard Linenthal
The Two Issues of More's Book against Luther - A I Doyle
Trinity College MS 516: A Clerical Historian's Personal Miscellany - John Scattergood
Katherine de la Pole and East Anglian Manuscript Production in the Fifteenth Century: An Unrecognized Patron? - Carol Meale
Past Ownership: Evidence of Book Ownership by English Merchants in the Later Middle Ages - Kathleen Scott
From Poggio to Caxton: Early Translations of some of Poggio's Latin Facetiae - Lotte Hellinga
Love in the 1530s - John J. Thompson
Editorial Glossing and Reader Resistance in a Copy of Robert Crowley's Piers Plowman - Jane Griffiths
Beaupré Bell and the Editing of Chaucer in the Eighteenth Century - Simon Horobin
A. S. G. Edwards: List of Publications
Index of Manuscripts
General Index
Tabula Gratulatoria


[O]ffers a compendium of much of the research going on in Middle English manuscript and bibliographical studies and will be invaluable to scholars at all levels. JEGP

These essays bring new findings to the table and deserve to be widely read by students of medieval books. ARCHIV

An excellent volume that everyone working in early book studies will want to read, and from which those who do not normally engage with manuscript and print studies would learn a great deal. JOURNAL OF THE EDINBURGH BIBLIOGRAPHICAL SOCIETY

[The essays] are generous, rigorous, richly detailed and replete with fascinating discoveries about medieval books. TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT

It is precisely this sort of research that can offer clinching evidence for arguments about premodern books and the texts contained in them. It is vital that there remains a publishing space for this level of evidence. THE MEDIEVAL REVIEW

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