‘Publication’ in the Scribal Medium

Harold Love

in Scribal Publication in Seventeenth-Century England

Published in print May 1993 | ISBN: 9780198112198
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191670695 | DOI:
‘Publication’ in the Scribal Medium

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This chapter considers how written texts are to be categorized as published or unpublished within a culture in which scribal transmission might be chosen without any sense of its being inferior or incomplete. It presents several differences between scribal and print publication. It discusses and explains three predominant categories of manuscript — the authorial holograph, the copy made by a specialist scribe, and the copy made by an individual who wished to possess the text. It then explores three main modes of scribal publication — author publication, entrepreneurial publication, and user publication. This chapter also talks about women writers and the scribal medium. It also details professional authorship and the scribal medium. It explores author publication of play texts. It then discusses Sir Robert Cotton as a scribal publisher.

Keywords: written texts; scribal transmission; scribal publication; print publication; Sir Robert Cotton

Chapter.  23702 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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