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Scribal Publication in Seventeenth-Century England

Harold Love


Long after the establishment of printing in England, many writers and composers still preferred to publish their work through handwritten copies. Texts so transmitted included some of the most distinguished poetry and music of the seventeenth century, along with a rich variety of political, scientific, antiquarian, and philosophical writings. While censorship was one reason for this persistence of the older practice, scribal publication remained the norm for texts which were required only in small numbers, or whose authors wished to avoid ‘the stigma of print’. The present study is the first t ... More

Keywords: printing, scribal publication, manuscripts, authorship, political writings, scientific writings, philosophical writings, censorship, ideas

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1993 Print ISBN-13: 9780198112198
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198112198.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Harold Love, author
Monash University, Victoria

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