Production and Provenance

Copy-Specific Features of Incunabula


The aim of this volume is to re-evaluate some of the temporal, intermedial and geographical boundaries built around the long-established discipline, the study of incunabula.
This volume starts by setting out the past and future landscapes of incunabula studies, looking particularly at copy-specific features. The following chapters use research on specific editions or subjects in order to engage with the two key themes: production and provenance of early books.
By examining a wide range of copy-specific aspects of individual books, the volume showcases how printed books were produced in the fifteenth century and subsequently used and transformed by readers and owners during their long journeys till they fell into their current owners’ hands.

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John Goldfinch was formerly Curator of Incunabula at the British Library. He worked on the Incunabula Short Title Catalogue (ISTC) from 1985, and has published on the history and provenance of the historic collections at the British Library.

Takako Kato, PhD, is Senior Lecturer at De Montfort University. Recent publications include ‘Lost, Burned and Recovered: Tracing the Provenance History of a Copy of Caxton’s Golden Legend in the John Rylands Library’, The Library, 7th ser., 23 (2023); and ‘Manuscript and Print: Discontinuity and Continuity in the Transmission of Arthurian Tales, in A. Putter, C. Ferlampin-Archer and R. Radulescu (eds.), Late Arthurian Traditions in England and Scotland (Presses Universitaires de Rennes, 2020).

Satoko Tokunaga, PhD, is Professor of the Faculty of Letters at Keio University, Tokyo. She has been working on the manuscript and print cultures in late medieval England. She is a co-editor of Caxton’s Golden Legend, EETS o.s. 355-57 (Oxford University Press, 2021–22).
Scholars and students at all levels of book history and provenance, studies of fifteenth-century books, including incunabula, woodcuts and manuscripts, bibliography; university and research Libraries; antiquarian book enthusiasts and collectors.
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