Books Before Print
Title
Books Before Print
Price
€ 109,00
ISBN
9781942401612
Format
Hardback
Number of pages
248
Language
English
Publication date
Dimensions
15.6 x 23.4 cm
Table of Contents
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General Introduction Filling the Page: Script, Writing, and Page Design Introduction 1. Medieval Script 2. Cracking Codes: Abbreviations in Medieval Script 3. The Empty Part of the Page 4. Footnotes Before Print 5. The First Page of the Manuscript 6. The Last Page of the Manuscript Enhancing the Manuscript: Binding and Decoration Introduction 7. Dressing Up the Manuscript 8. Hugging a Manuscript 9. Judging a Book by its Cover 10. Mary Had a Little Book 11. Drawing with Words 12. Speech Bubbles 13. Model Books Reading in Context: Annotations, Bookmarks, and Libraries Introduction 14. Getting Personal in the Margin 15. Helping Hands on the Page 16. Smart Bookmarks 17. Location, Location 18. Combating Book Theft The Margins of Manuscript Culture Introduction 19. The Incredible Expandable Book 20. Books on a Diet 21. Books on a Stick 22. Slips, Strips, and Scraps: Messaging 23. Slips, Strips, and Scraps: Scholarly Notes 24. Medieval Name Tags 25. Posters Before Print 26. Medieval Book Apps Contextualizing the Medieval Manuscript Introduction 27. Where are the Scriptoria? 28. Desktops 29. Second-Hand Books Before Print 30. Manuscripts on the Move 31. The Skinny on Bad Parchment 32. Destroying Medieval Books (and Why That’s Useful) Epilogue: The Legacy of the Medieval Book Recommended Reading Bibliography Index

Reviews and Features

"This introduction to medieval manuscript studies provides brief, digestible chapters and an abundance of high-quality, full-color photographs, many of them taken by the author [...] With its topically organized chapters and thematic connections with present-day media culture, Kwakkel's book successfully fills the need for a sophisticated but welcoming invitation to codicology." **Summing Up: Recommended**
- S. Downey, California University of Pennsylvania, CHOICE Reviews, October 2019

"Kwakkel is to be applauded for what he has achieved, but then he always is at his very best when enthusing others about the myriad surprises that medieval manuscripts can reveal. If this book is not a staple of book history curricula within the next few years, I shall be astonished."
- Leah Tether, University of Bristol, Plekos 21 (2019)

"This lasting insight, together with the wealth of information about medieval book culture and book production and the many beautiful illustrations, is the greatest recommendation to read this publication. Every archivist and historian can take advantage of it."
- Wouter van Dijk Hereditas Nexus, February 2019

Erik Kwakkel

Books Before Print

This beautifully illustrated book provides an accessible introduction to the medieval manuscript and what it can tell us about the world in which it was made and used. Captured in the materiality of manuscripts are the data enabling us to make sense of the preferences and habits of the individuals who made up medieval society. With short chapters grouped under thematic headings, Books Before Print shows how we may tap into the evidence and explores how manuscripts can act as a vibrant and versatile tool to understand the deep historical roots of human interaction with written information. It highlights extraordinary continuities between medieval book culture and modern-world communication, as witnessed in medieval pop-up books, posters, speech bubbles, book advertisements, and even sticky notes.
Author

Erik Kwakkel

Erik Kwakkel is book historian and professor at the School of Library, Archival and Information Studies at The University of British Columbia, Vancouver.