The Architectural Principles of Moxon’s Mechanick Exercises: Documenting the Early Modern Living Page

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


This chapter considers how Joseph Moxon’s commercial publications use, and therefore exemplify, the editorial practices manifest in Mechanick Exercises (1683). To do this, a comparative textual analysis of Moxon’s A Tutor to Astronomie and Geographie (1659) with Mechanick Exercises is conducted. Through this, the chapter develops the concept of ‘architecture of the page’ to demonstrate how Moxon’s published output worked towards standardising editorial instruction on, or documenting, the early modern living page.


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  • Jocelyn Hargrave
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