Early Modern Catholicism and the Printed Book

Agents – Networks – Responses


This collection of essays engages with a variety of aspects of early modern book culture in the 16th-17th centuries, considered in the Catholic context. The contributions reflect on the engagement of institutions and authorities in the process of book production, bringing to the fore the role of networks in this process; show the book as a tool of resistance to the Protestant Reformation; give insight into the content and design of book collections; showcase textual production in the context of cultural appropriation and shed light on the role of the image in the propagation of Catholicism. Together the sixteen contributions demonstrate the diversity of the Catholic book in its forms and functions, in various social and national contexts.

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Justyna Kiliańczyk-Zięba, Ph.D (2005), the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland, is a professor at that university. She has published on book history, emblematics, and the history of ideas and literature. Her book on printers' devices in early modern Poland-Lithuania is forthcoming with Brill (2024).

Magdalena Komorowska, Ph.D. (2010), the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland, is an assistant professor at that university. She has published monographs and articles on various aspects of book history in early modern Poland–Lithuania.
Specialists of book history, art history, as well as scholars in the fields of literature, musicology, and history of religion. Librarians, academics, antiquarians and collectors of early printed materials.
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