From Gutenberg to Luther

Transnational Print Cultures in Scandinavia 1450-1525


Printed book cultures in Scandinavia before 1525 were formed by their vicinity to expanding European book markets. Collections of prints were founded, decisions on printing books in Scandinavia were based upon thorough knowledge of what printers on the continent achieved in question of volume, quality and price. Building on a large database of contemporary provenances and statistical analyses of every possible aspect of peripheral book markets, as well as on new readings of many old and new sources, this book recalibrates scholarly looks on Scandinavian book history before the Reformation. The result is a fresh portrait of a dynamic period in cultural history which places Scandinavia, though in the geographical periphery of Europe, in the middle of European printing.

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Wolfgang Undorf, Ph.D. (2012) in Book History, Humboldt-Universität Berlin, is senior librarian and coordinator of old prints at The National Library of Sweden. He has published extensively on early modern book history, including the first national Swedish incunabula catalogue (2012).

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1 Printing in and for Scandinavia before the Reformation
2 Scandinavian Book Trade and the European Context
3 Book Collections and Collectors: Churches and Monasteries
4 Book Collectors and Collections: Universities and Schools
5 Book Collectors and Collections: Private Owners
6 The Reception of Printed Works
Conclusion: Transnationalism and a Model for Scandinavian Pre-Reformation Book History

Appendix 1 The Malmö List
Appendix 2 Books from the Principal Pre-Reformation Danish Religious Libraries
Appendix 3 The Lecturer’s Library in Slesvig
Appendix 4 The Inventory of a House Belonging to the Bishop of Odense, 1530–1532

All those interested in the history of printed books and printing in Scandinavia, the history of the European book trade and book collecting, early modern European cultural and intellectual history.
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