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We must begin with names. ‘Tony Edwards’ is the person to whom this volume is dedicated, but it is not a name that everyone will immediately recognize, particularly those who know him only from his published work, for he has made himself known in public, from the first, as A. S. G. Edwards. When he began his career, this was the manner in which most scholars, most men at least, named themselves. Fashions have changed, and given names, one, two, or more, are now almost universal. But Tony has held on tenaciously to his initials, perhaps because he has three of them. We do not believe that he did so in any spirit of emulation of or desire to align himself with ‘Edwards A. S. G.’, the Edwards Active Strain Gauge well known to Google, an advanced form of technical engineering equipment which guarantees the vacuum conditions needed for the manufacture of certain precision instruments, such as aircraft engine turbine blades. It seems strangely apt as an analogous form of ‘A. S. G.’, whether one thinks of the ‘active strain’ involved as what he exerts upon himself or upon other people. The analogy fails, of course, when one comes to the creation of vacuum, where it works back to front, for Tony's work has essentially been to fill the vacuum that once existed in the study of manuscript history.
Early books printed on the Continent, imported into England in the late fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries, and bearing evidence of English ownership, have attracted growing interest among such book historians as Graham Pollard, Elizabeth Armstrong, Julian Roberts, Lotte Hellinga, Margaret Ford, and others. They have worked on the transitional period from late medieval to early modern as an integral part of the history of the book. Caxton's introduction of printing with movable type into England (c. 1476) stimulated book production there, mostly in English, by his followers, but Ford's seminal article ‘Importation of Printed Books into England and Scotland’, based on her database comprising some 4,300 books, has demonstrated that, despite this, the book trade in England in this period was dominated by imported Continental books. This resulted mainly from two phenomena: (a) ‘The introduction of printing intensified what was already emerging as a cultural division, or what may be viewed as the co-existence of two parallel worlds’, that is to say those who communicated in Latin and those who used the vernacular; (b) ‘The great printing houses of the Continent produced a steady stream of Latin works, from the classics of law, theology and literature (in ever improved versions), to modern works, all aimed at the whole world of learning of the “literati” including those in Britain‘. Most of these texts were imported in temporary bindings or unbound sheets, and bound properly in England, while some were purchased by scholars and recusants who travelled abroad.
Late medieval manuscripts and early modern print history form the focus of this volume. It includes new work on the compilation of some important medieval manuscript miscellanies and major studies of merchant patronage and of a newly revealed woman patron, alongside explorations of medieval texts and the post-medieval reception history of Langland, Chaucer and Nicholas Love. It thus pays a fitting tribute to the career of Professor A.S.G. Edwards, highlighting his scholarly interests and demonstrating the influence of his achievements. Carol M. Meale is Senior Research Fellow at the University of Bristol; Derek Pearsall is Professor Emeritus at Harvard University and Honorary Research Professor at the University of York. Contributors: Nicolas Barker, J.A. Burrow, A.I. Doyle, Martha W. Driver, Susanna Fein, Jane Griffiths, Lotte Hellinga, Alfred Hiatt, Simon Horobin, Richard Linenthal,Carol M. Meale, Orietta Da Rold, John Scattergood, Kathleen L. Scott, Toshiyuki Takamiya., John J. Thompson.
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