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English Paleography and Manuscript Culture, 1500-1800

Kathryn James

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February 25, 2020
288 pages, 8 7/8 x 11 1/2
313 color illus.
ISBN: 9780300254358

Distributed for the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library

This richly illustrated book provides an essential introduction to the manuscript in early modern England. From birth to death, parish record to probate inventory, writing framed the lives of the early modern English. Offering a technical introduction to the handwriting of the period, case studies tracing the significance of manuscript to British cultural identity, and exercises to practice reading and transcription, the book opens the study of early modern English manuscript to a new generation of students and scholars.

Kathryn James is Curator of Early Modern Books and Manuscripts at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University.

“This is a superb book—and an essential one. There is no better way to approach the fascinating diversity of English Renaissance manuscripts than this beautifully illustrated volume. Read and reread it.”—Peter Stallybrass, University of Pennsylvania
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