Restoration Scriptorial Satire

Harold Love

in Scribal Publication in Seventeenth-Century England

Published in print May 1993 | ISBN: 9780198112198
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191670695 | DOI:
Restoration Scriptorial Satire

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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

Chapter.  21081 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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