Medieval Manuscripts Seminar

Medieval Manuscripts Seminar
12 November 2019, 5.30pm - 7.15pm
Dr Seng T Lee Centre for Manuscript and Book Studies, Senate House Library, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

Aditi Nafde, University of Newcastle 

Scribal Responses to the Printing Press 

This paper ‘venture[s]’ as Curt Buhler puts it in The Fifteenth Century Book, ‘into that no man’s land which is supposed, quite erroneously, to lie between the worlds of the written and printed books.’ It asks what happens to manuscripts and scribal practice after the invention of the printing press. Examining manuscripts copied from printed books, it demonstrates how scribes were rethinking what it was to make a book after print. These books are also witnesses to broader changes in the book trade and to the culture of adaptation and negotiation between book forms.

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