Just Published:
Journal of the Early Book Society
Volume 20, Fall 2017

NEW YORK CITY – Pace University Press presents the twentieth volume of the Journal of the Early Book Society, a fascinating collection on the history and formation of manuscripts and early printed books, highlighting the transition from manuscript to print. Volume 20 focuses on aesthetics, libraries, gender, voice, lyrical texts, form, and function. Articles include: “At Work in the Anchorhold and Beyond: A Codicological Study of London, British Library, Cotton MS Nero A.xiv” by Megan J. Hall; “‘All the Strete My Voyce Shall Heare’: Gender, Voice, and Desire in the Lyrics of Bodleian MS Ashmole 176” by Carissa M. Harris; and “‘Ce petit amas de rymes’: Musicality in Jeanne de Marnef’s Edition of Pernette du Guillet’s Poetry” by Jessie Labadie.

There are additional original articles, such as “Balancing Form, Function and Aesthetic: A Study of Ruling Patterns for Zodiac Men in Astro-Medical Manuscripts of Late Medieval England” by Sian Witherden and “Did the Scribe Draw the Miniatures in the British Library, MS Cotton Nero A.x (The Pearl-Gawain Manuscript)?” by Maidie Hilmo. Also featured are descriptive reviews and notes on libraries, collections, manuscripts, and early printed books.


“Texts within these manuscripts tell a very important story about the popularity of the text and the experience of its readership.”

– Megan J. Hall


Journal of the Early Book Society for the Study of Manuscripts and Printing History (ed. Martha Driver) was founded in 1987 for all those interested in the study of medieval and Renaissance manuscripts and early printing history. Since its founding, the Early Book Society has sponsored sessions at the International Congress of Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, and has run an international conference.

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