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Introduction

  • Jocelyn Hargrave
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Part of the New Directions in Book History book series (NDBH)

Abstract

An important feature of this introduction is that it includes a critical mapping of early modern style guides since 1608, when the first printer’s manual, Orthotypographia, was published by Hieronymus Hornschuch in Leipzig, Germany. Such critical mapping has not been comprehensively undertaken since Philip Gaskell, Giles Barber and Georgina Warrilow published in 1968 their annotated list of style guides to 1850. Many of these style guides were published in Germany and France, and they are comparatively analysed here to determine their influence on the style guides produced in England, specifically Moxon’s Mechanick Exercises (1683) and Smith’s The Printer’s Grammar (1755). Furthermore, the term ‘punctuated evolution’ is introduced to conceptualise the evolution of editorial style in early modern England, specifically from the late-seventeenth to the mid-nineteenth centuries.

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  • Jocelyn Hargrave
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  1. 1.Monash UniversityClaytonAustralia

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