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Scribal Publication in Seventeenth-Century England$
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Harold Love

Print publication date: 1993

Print ISBN-13: 9780198112198

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198112198.001.0001

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The Phenomenon

The Phenomenon

(p.3) 1 The Phenomenon
Scribal Publication in Seventeenth-Century England

Harold Love

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines three different products of scribal publication—verse miscellanies, parliamentary compilations, and consort music for viols. It discusses that scribal publication is a perfect example of ‘undiscovered public knowledge’ — knowledge that exists as ‘scattered pieces of puzzle’ in scholarly books and articles, but remains unknown because its ‘logically related parts have never all become known to any person’. It demonstrates this principle by bringing together scattered pieces of work on two fields which to date have only been studied as isolated phenomena — the scribal publication of parliamentary proceedings and the provision of manuscript copies of viol consort music — and then by pointing to some ways in which these clarify each other and the larger phenomenon. It also determines what use is to be made of such knowledge once assembled.

Keywords:   scribal publication, public knowledge, parliamentary proceedings, viol consort music, verse miscellanies

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