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Moore, J.K. Primary materials relating to copy and print in English books of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Oxford: Oxford Bibliographical Society, Bodlein Library, 1992. Small 4to (25.5 cm; 10"). xiii, 103 pp.,  pp. of plates; facsimiles. $30.00
Occasional Publication No. 24 of the Society. Sole edition.
"This catalogue of all published identifications of manuscript printer's copy, licensed copies and proof-sheets, to which I have added new examples, was submitted as part of my doctoral thesis. My study was confined to texts printed in England in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, and the lists cannot claim to be exhaustive of even this subject. However, a preliminary catalogue of primary materials relating to book production in England in this period will refine current opinions about printing-house procedure. A more exact charting of the various stages through which a work passed from its first draft to its appearance in print will challenge some views about the kinds of changes to which a text was susceptible. First, I identify manuscripts copied from books printed before 1640. These examples show the continuing importance of the manuscript tradition in the circulation of suppressed works and specialist titles after the introduction of printing. I then list printer's copy from both the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, giving separate attention to manuscripts used as printer's copy and printed copies prepared for a new edition. My list of works bearing the original imprimatur reveals the nature of the copy submitted to the licenser and the routine for its entrance at Stationers' Hall. Finally, surviving proof-sheets, particularly from Oxford printing-houses in the 1630s, reveal that sheets of many books were regularly overseen by expert readers. Photographs of most newly notified examples of complete printer's copy arc reproduced alongside a comparative page from the edition to show that the layout of each copy, if not the detail of spelling and punctuation, was re-presented in print. Some proof- sheets are also illustrated" (introduction).
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