Single-sheet Publishing in the First Age of Print


This volume offers an expansive survey of the role of single-sheet publishing in the European print industry during the first two centuries after the invention of printing. Drawing on new materials made available during the compilation of the Universal Short Title Catalogue, the twenty contributors explore the extraordinary range of broadsheet publishing and its contribution to government, pedagogy, religious devotion and entertainment culture.
Long disregarded as ephemera or cheap print, broadsheets emerge both as a crucial communication medium and an essential underpinning of the economics of the publishing industry.
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Andrew Pettegree is Professor of Modern History at the University of St Andrews and Director of the Universal Short Title Catalogue. His books include The Book in the Renaissance (2010), The Invention of News (2014) and Brand Luther: 1517, Print and the Making of the Reformation (2015).
“This volume will be of great interest to researchers and professionals in history and archival and information science. – Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-level undergraduates through professionals/practitioners.”
J.L. Newman, Hunter College, City University of New York. In: Choice, Vol. 55, No. 7 (March 2018).

“This excellent volume demonstrates the value of collaborative, integrated, and wide-ranging work on broadsheets. It is not only an immensely valuable reference work in itself; it also points the way to further discoveries and new understandings of the multivalent role of this ubiquitous format in the future.”
Elma Brenner, Angela McShane, and Julia Nurse, Wellcome Collection. In: Renaissance Quarterly, Vol. 73, No. 1 (Spring 2020), pp. 276–277.

“This volume represents an important and valuable addition to the study of the early modern broadsheet. [...] it will be a necessary accession for many research libraries and will be a key point of reference for individuals working in the field”.
Kelsey Jackson Williams, University of Stirling. In: Journal of the Edinburgh Bibliographical Society, No. 13 (2018).

Notes on Contributors
List of Abbreviations

1. Andrew Pettegree, Single-sheet publishing in the first age of print: typology and topography
2. Flavia Bruni, Early Modern Broadsheets between Archives and Libraries: a Possible Integration?

2. Surveys
3. Alexander S. Wilkinson, Alejandra Ulla Lorenzo and Alba de la Cruz, Spanish Broadsheets: 1472-1700
4. Falk Eisermann, Fifty Thousand Veronicas. Print runs of broadsheets in the fifteenth and early sixteenth century
5. Drew Thomas, Reconstructing Wittenberg’s Broadsheet History

3. Official print
6. Flavia Bruni, In the name of God: governance, public order and theocracy in the broadsheets of the Stampa Camerale of Rome
7. Jamie Cumby, Bread and Fairs: Broadsheet Printing for the Municipality of Lyon, 1497-1570
8. Shanti Graheli, Collections of Italian Ordinance Broadsheets in Parisian Libraries c. 1500-1650
9. Nina Lamal, Merchants and broadsheets: the case of the van der Meulen family
10. Arthur der Weduwen, “Everyone has hereby been warned.” The Structure and Typography of Broadsheet Ordinances and the Communication of Governance in the Early Seventeenth-Century Dutch Republic

4. Politics
11. Johan Verberckmoes & Violet Soen, Flying broadsheets. Broadsheets testing moderation in the nascent Dutch Revolt
12. Jan Hillgaertner, The King is Dead. German Broadsheets printed on the death of Gustavus Adolphus and Charles I
13. John Roger Paas, The German Political Broadsheet of the Seventeenth Century. Reflections on a malleable genre

5. Broadsheets in the Academic World
14. Richard Kirwan, Function in Form: single sheet items and the utility of cheap print in the early modern university
15. Malcolm Walsby, Cheap print and the academic market: The printing of dissertations in sixteenth-century Louvain
16. Saskia Limbach, Printing medical disputations in Basel: A compelling but competitive business

6. Broadsheets in the Marketplace
17. Amelie Roper, Music broadsheets of the German Reformation: Production, Performance and Persuasion
18. Alexandra Hill, The Lamentable Tale of Lost Ballads in London, 1557-1640
19. Abaigéal Warfield, Witchcraft illustrated: the crime of witchcraft in early modern German broadsheets
20. Graeme Kemp, Selling books by Broadsheet: A Sales Catalogue of Marie Flo Savreux, marchand-libraire

Historians of the book, media history and news, bibliographers and librarians, and those interested in the politics, government, religion and literature of the early modern period.
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