The Book Triumphant

Print in Transition in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries


Books printed in the fifteenth century have been the subject of much in-depth research. In contrast, the beginning of the sixteenth century has not attracted the same scholarly interest. This volume brings together studies that charter the development of printing and bookselling throughout Europe during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. It presents new research and analysis on the impact of the Reformation, on how texts were transmitted and on the complex relationships that affected the production and sale of books. The result is a wide-ranging reappraisal of a vital period in the history of the printed book.

Contributors include Zsuzsa Barbarics-Hermanik, Jürgen Beyer, Amy Nelson Burnett, Neil Harris, Brenda M. Hosington, Johannes Hund, Henning P. Jürgens, Justyna Kiliańczyk-Zięba, Hans-Jörg Künast, Urs Bernhard Leu, Matthew McLean, Andrew Pettegree, David Shaw, Christoph Volkmar, Hanno Wijsman and Alexander Wilkinson.

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Malcolm Walsby, Ph.D. (2001) in History, is a lecturer at the University of St Andrews and manager of the USTC. He is the author of The Counts of Laval. Culture, Patronage and Religion (Ashgate, 2007) and The Printed Book in Brittany, 1480-1600 (Brill, 2011).

Graeme Kemp is a postdoctoral fellow on a project examining the history of mathematics, a collaborative venture between the University of Southern California and the University of St Andrews. He has worked on a range of bibliographic and historical projects.
"The Book Triumphant is a valuable guide to the increasing importance of the printed book in sixteenth-century Europe." – Eric N. Lindquist, University of Maryland, in: Renaissance Quarterly 65/4 (Winter 2012), pp. 1281-1283

Notes on contributors


1. Printing in the Low Countries in the Early Sixteenth Century
Andrew Pettegree

2. The Italian Book: Catalogue, Censuses and Survival
Neil Harris

3. How Complete Are the German National Bibliographies for the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries (VD16 and VD17) ?
Jürgen Beyer

4. The Printed Book on the Iberian Peninsula, 1500-1540
Alexander Wilkinson

5. The Vanishing Press: Printing in Provincial France in the Early Sixteenth Century
Malcolm Walsby


6. Turning Luther’s Weapons against him. The Birth of Catholic Propaganda in Saxony in the 1520s
Christoph Volkmar

7. Preaching and Printing in Germany on the Eve of the Thirty Years’ War
Amy Nelson Burnett

8. Pamphlets in the Theological Debates of the Later Sixteenth Century: The Mainz Editorial Project “Controversia et Confessio”
Johannes Hund and Henning P. Jürgens

9. Devices of Protestant Printers in the Sixteenth Century
Justyna Kiliańczyk-Zięba


10. History in Transition: Enguerrand de Monstrelet’s Chroniques in Manuscript and Print (c.1450-c.1600)
Hanno Wijsman

11. The ‘Renaissance Cultural Crossroads’ Catalogue: A Witness to the Importance of Translation in Early Modern Britain
Brenda M. Hosington

12. Between Basel and Zürich: Humanist Rivalries and the Works of Sebastian Münster
Matthew McLean


13. The Book- and Reading-Culture in Basle and Zurich During the Sixteenth Century
Urs B. Leu

14. Augsburg’s Position in the System of the German Book Trade in the First Half of the Sixteenth Century
Hans-Jörg Künast

15. Book Trade Practices in Early Sixteenth-Century Paris: Pierre Vidoue (1516–1543)
David J. Shaw

16. The Coexistence of Manuscript and Print: Handwritten Newsletters in the Second Century of Print, 1540-1640
Zsuzsa Barbarics-Hermanik

All those interested in intellectual history, the history of the book and of printing, as well as bibliographers, historians, theologians and literary scholars of early modern Europe.
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