The Bulgarian 19th-Century Book as a Crossroads of Professional Literary Practices

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Abstract

The Bulgarian printed book began to develop dynamically only at the beginning of the 19th century. The delay in printing in the Bulgarian language for almost 350 years led to the accumulation of a number of peculiarities related to the material and textual aspects of the Bulgarian book. On the one hand, these peculiarities are related to the strong influence of the contemporary 19th century Bulgarian manuscripts; on the other hand, those peculiarities differ depending on the divergent foreign influence—Austrian, Russian, etc. The article discusses how peculiarities in the Bulgarian books produced during the Revival period (1806-78) are obstructing the creation of the Digital Database and Information Retrieval System.

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    Quantitative parameters of the books from the period 1806-78
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    The influence of the manuscript tradition on title page. Left Etropolski Pomenik (MS, NBKM 1017, XVII C.), f. 7 r., Right Sluzhenie Evreĭsko … (Teodosiy Sinaitski, Solun 1839). p. 1.
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    Handwritten pencil marginalia next to the Cyrillic dates.
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    Handwritten lithographic books: Kratuk Vozkresnik (1898). Title page (left), a sample of the text (right).
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