The Printed Book in Brittany, 1484-1600

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Printing in provincial France has not attracted the same interest as the main centres of print. Using archival as well as printed sources, this book provides a groundbreaking new understanding of the development of printing in the provinces. Though printing in Brittany started during the incunabula period, the presses disappeared in the first decade of the sixteenth century. This work analyses the role of booksellers during these critical years and examines the business models that enabled the presses to return to the duchy. It also looks at issues such as ownership of books, Protestantism and the effect of the wars of the Catholic League as well as offering a much expanded bibliography of editions printed in the duchy.

Customers interested in this title may also be interested in French Vernacular Books, edited by Andrew Pettegree, Malcolm Walsby and Alexander Wilkinson.
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Biographical Note

Malcolm Walsby, Ph.D. (2001) in History, is a lecturer at the University of St Andrews. He has co-edited bibliographies on French and Netherlandish printing (6 volumes, Brill). He is the author of The Counts of Laval: Culture, Patronage and Religion (Ashgate, 2007).

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"M. Walsby combine largeur de vue et connaissance précise du dossier ... la démonstration est utile, intelligente, souvent excitante et généralement probante. Un très bon livre." – Philippe Hamon, in: Annales de Bretagne et des Pays de l’Ouest 119/4 (2012), pp. 149-153

Table of contents

Introduction
1. A false dawn: the incunabula era
2. The disappearance of the presses
3. The rebirth of printing
4. A new business model
5. The Breton book world
6. Ownership, readership and authorship
7. Printers, booksellers and Protestantism
8. The wars of the League: pamphlets and the transformation of the presses
Conclusions
Appendixes:
A. Booksellers and printers active in Brittany 1480-1600
B. Books printed in Brittany or for Breton booksellers
C. Books mistakenly attributed to Breton printers or booksellers
Bibliography
Index

Readership

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 France and Europe.

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