‘Tatters allegoricall’: reading and not reading printed waste in early modern books

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Adam Smyth
Monday, 27 February, 2017 - 17:15
Weston Library, Lecture Theatre

ADAM SMYTH

‘Tatters allegoricall’: reading and not reading printed waste in early modern books

Early modern books often carried pieces of older manuscripts and printed books within them, in the binding, paste boards, and as end-leaves. These ghostly texts are often legible: to read the Bodleian's copy of Edward Lively's A true chronologie of ...the Persian monarchy (1597) is to encounter, irresistibly, parts of leaves C2 and B2 from the second quarto of Sidney's Astrophel and Stella (1591) as endpapers. This lecture will consider the mechanics of waste (what was used? how?) before considering the ways in which recycled waste can help us rethink our idea of the book.

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