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Author Hotchkiss, Valerie R., 1960-

Title English in print from Caxton to Shakespeare to Milton [electronic resource] / Valerie Hotchkiss & Fred C. Robinson.

Imprint Urbana : University of Illinois Press, ©2008.

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Description 1 online resource (xiv, 234 pages) : color illustrations, color map
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 207-218) and index.
Contents English imprint : early English printing -- A world of words : English grammars and dictionaries -- For the regulating of printing -- "Done into our Englyshe tong" : the place of translation in early English printing -- From the stage to the page -- Making English books.
Summary English in Print from Caxton to Shakespeare to Milton examines the history of early English books, exploring the concept of putting the English language into print with close study of the texts, the formats, the audiences, and the functions of English books. Lavishly illustrated with more than 130 full-color images of stunning rare books, this volume investigates a full range of issues regarding the dissemination of English language and culture through printed works, including the standardization of typography, grammar, and spelling; the appearance of popular literature; and the development of school grammars and dictionaries. Valerie Hotchkiss and Fred C. Robinson provide engaging descriptions of more than a hundred early English books drawn from the Rare Book and Manuscript Library at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and the Elizabethan Club of Yale University. The study nearly mirrors the chronological coverage of Pollard and Redgrave's famous Short-Title Catalogue (1475-1640), beginning with William Caxton, England's first printer, and ending with John Milton, the English language's most eloquent defender of the freedom of the press in his Areopagitica of 1644. William Shakespeare, neither a printer nor a writer much concerned with publishing his own plays, nonetheless deserves his central place in this study because Shakespeare imprints, and Renaissance drama in general, provide a fascinating window on the world of English printing in the period between Caxton and Milton.
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Subject Printing -- England -- History -- Exhibitions.
Incunabula -- England -- Bibliography -- Exhibitions.
England -- Imprints -- Exhibitions.
Chronological Term 1500 - 1699
Geschichte 1500-1700
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Bibliography -- Exhibition catalogs
Exhibition catalogs
Electronic books.
Added Author Robinson, Fred C.
Grolier Club.
Other Form: Print version: Hotchkiss, Valerie R., 1960- English in print from Caxton to Shakespeare to Milton. Urbana : University of Illinois Press, ©2008 (DLC) 2007044081
ISBN 9780252091537 (electronic bk.)
0252091531 (electronic bk.)
9780252033469 (acid-free paper)
0252033469 (acid-free paper)
9780252075537 (pbk. ; acid-free paper)
0252075536 (pbk. ; acid-free paper)