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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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Restoration Scriptorial Satire

Restoration Scriptorial Satire

(p.231) 6 Restoration Scriptorial Satire
Scribal Publication in Seventeenth-Century England

Harold Love

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the origin and growth to maturity of one particular tradition of scribal publication. It details the transmissions and developments of the different scriptorial satires in the seventeenth century. During this period, the author–publisher yields place to the organized entrepreneur, selling directly to a clientele established through personal contact or to the customers of a particular bookseller but not, apparently, through the book trade to the public at large. It explores the court lampoon in London which had a place in the culture of gossip that ensured both that new compositions would be widely talked about and that women as well as men would be keen to secure copies. It examines the interactions of the two media in the work of a single writer, Jonathan Swift, who, more than any other, was to recreate the political values of the scribally published text within the triumphant rival medium.

Keywords:   scribal publication, scriptorial satire, court lampoon, London, Jonathan Swift

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