The Printed Book in Brittany, 1484-1600

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BRILL, Jun 9, 2011 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 391 pages
Printing in provincial France has not attracted the same interest as the main centres of print. Using archival as well as printed sources, this book provides a groundbreaking new understanding of the development of printing in the provinces. Though printing in Brittany started during the incunabula period, the presses disappeared in the first decade of the sixteenth century. This work analyses the role of booksellers during these critical years and examines the business models that enabled the presses to return to the duchy. It also looks at issues such as ownership of books, Protestantism and the effect of the wars of the Catholic League as well as offering a much expanded bibliography of editions printed in the duchy. Customers interested in this title may also be interested in: "French Vernacular Books," edited by Andrew Pettegree, Malcolm Walsby and Alexander Wilkinson.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
the incunabula era
17
2 The disappearance of the presses
45
3 The rebirth of printing
75
4 A new business model
101
5 The Breton book world
135
6 Ownership readership and authorship
161
7 Printers booksellers and Protestantism
187
pamphlets and the transformation of the presses
203
Conclusions
229
Appendices
245
Bibliography
369
Index
385
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Malcolm Walsby, Ph.D. (2001) in History, is a lecturer at the University of St Andrews. He has co-edited bibliographies on French and Netherlandish printing (6 volumes, Brill). He is the author of "The Counts of Laval: Culture, Patronage and Religion" (Ashgate, 2007).