252 pages | 41 B/W Illus.
This book examines commercial and personal connections in the early modern book trade in Paris and northwestern France, ca. 1450–1550. The book market, commercial trade, and geo-political ties connected the towns of Paris, Caen, Angers, Rennes, and Nantes, making this a fertile area for the transference of different fields of knowledge via book culture. Diane Booton investigates various aspects of book production (typography and illustration), market (publishers and booksellers), and ownership (buyers and annotators) and describes commercial and intellectual dissemination via established pathways, drawing on primary and archival sources.
"Booton skillfully guides the reader through the collaborative process of early modern print in a provincial context, restoring to our sight the importance of commercial imperatives in determining the final shape and form of the book."
- Pollie Bromilow, University of Liverpool
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations
Map of northwestern France
Chapter 1 Profiting from a Breton Bestseller
Chapter 2 The (Re)use of Interchangeable Blocks
Chapter 3 Selling Books as a Breton Business
Chapter 4 Breton Diaspora and the Book Business
Chapter 5 Shaping a Reader’s Library