Print Culture in Renaissance Italy: The Editor and the Vernacular Text, 1470-1600

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Cambridge University Press, Jun 3, 2002 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 284 pages
The emergence of print in late fifteenth-century Italy gave a crucial new importance to the editors of texts, who determined the form in which texts from the Middle Ages would be read, and who could strongly influence the interpretation and status of texts by adding introductory material or commentary. Brian Richardson here examines the Renaissance circulation and reception of works by earlier writers including Dante, Petrarch, Boccaccio and Ariosto, as well as popular contemporary works of entertainment. In so doing he sheds light on the impact of the new printing and editing methods on Renaissance culture, including the standardisation of vernacular Italian and its spread to new readers and writers, the establishment of new standards in textual criticism, and the increasing rivalry between the two cities on which this study is chiefly focused, Venice and Florence.
 

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Contents

Printers authors and the rise of the editor
1
Editors and their methods
19
Humanists friars and others editing in Venice and Florence 14701500
28
Bembo and his influence 15011530
48
Venetian editors and the grammatical norm 15011530
64
Standardization and scholarship editing in Florence
79
Towards a wider readership editing in Venice 15311545
90
The editor triumphant editing in Venice 15461560
109
Piety and elegance editing in Venice 15611600
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A true and living image editing in Florence 15611600
155
Conclusion
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Notes
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Select Bibliography
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Index of Italian editions 14701600
242
Index of manuscripts and annotated copies
251
General index
252

In search of a cultural identity editing in Florence 15311560
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