By Mark Bland
A consultant to Early revealed Books and Manuscripts presents an advent to the language and ideas hired in bibliographical reviews and textual scholarship as they pertain to early glossy manuscripts and revealed texts • Winner, Honourable point out for Literature, Language and Linguistics, American Publishers Prose Awards, 2010• dependent nearly solely on new basic research• Explains the complicated strategy of viewing records as artefacts, exhibiting readers easy methods to describe records correctly and the way to learn their actual properties• Demonstrates how you can use the data gleaned as a device for learning the transmission of literary documents• Makes transparent why such issues are very important and the needs to which such info is put• positive aspects illustrations which are rigorously selected for his or her unfamiliarity that allows you to hold the dialogue fresh
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32 In this respect, a study of ﬂag watermarks over a 40-year period has indicated that whilst material can be misdated, rogue sheets are rare enough that one has yet to be found. The exception taken to paper evidence is, at best, an important caveat against carelessness. 32 For instance, it ought to be possible to analyze the watermarks of the correspondence in the State Papers, Cotton, Lansdowne, and Tanner manuscripts and calculate the number of strays against the number of items as a whole. Further, one could then calculate the average variance of a stray to the main group of dates for any given watermark.
1 Modern forms of oral record (such as ﬁlm and tape, as well as their subsequent mutations including digital encryption) are simply other surfaces on which we preserve text, sound, and sometimes action (sophisticated forms of ‘paper’, as it were, that require particular technologies for their reading), in order that we do not depend on the ritualized transmission of the spoken word. It is important to recognize and account for the role of memory in the transmission of early modern texts,2 however much we depend on the written and material record.
Fourth, we might want to ﬁx a series of documents at points in time, often because we need to know the sequence they were written in, but sometimes for reasons of textual analysis as well: for instance, if the paper of a manuscript shows it to be earlier than a group of copies that it is generally associated with, then this may be an indication that that ﬁrst manuscript is related to an earlier stage of the transmission process. This would appear to be true of British Library Harley MS 4064. Commonsense will usually deal with the apparent exceptions should a watermark fall outside the period in which it might be expected.
A Guide to Early Printed Books and Manuscripts by Mark Bland