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By Michael Hunter

This ebook presents an approachable exposition of the explanation of textual modifying with distinctive connection with texts from among 1550-1800. the quantity explains how manuscript and revealed texts have been produced, indicating the consequences of this for his or her editorial remedy and giving sensible suggestion on how texts could be ready and presented.

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Again, the earlier usage is hardly in evidence in printed books after the early years of the seventeenth century. Compositors also played a major role in transforming punctuation. ). With the advent of printing, a more nuanced system of punctuation, aimed at achieving clarity in presenting the text, began to come into being (and, having started in printed books, was then increasingly adopted in manuscripts). The comma was introduced in English printed books (following Italian precedents) in 1521, and increasingly replaced the virgule.

7 The basic technology of printing changed relatively little over the early modern period. It is symptomatic that, in his New Introduction to Bibliography (1972), Philip Gaskell has two eras, ‘the Hand-Press Period 26 Editing Early Modern Texts 1500–1800’ and ‘The Machine-Press Period 1800–1950’. We are concerned only with the former, and the basic techniques involved do indeed seem to have remained relatively static over a surprisingly long time. F. 8 The basic pattern was as follows. Each letter was formed from a separate piece of type, comprising a reverse image of the letter in question on a long shaft: the compositor took the pieces of type from a case, in which letters were placed in compartments of different sizes arranged in a standard way which approximately reflected the frequency of use of the various letters.

F. 8 The basic pattern was as follows. Each letter was formed from a separate piece of type, comprising a reverse image of the letter in question on a long shaft: the compositor took the pieces of type from a case, in which letters were placed in compartments of different sizes arranged in a standard way which approximately reflected the frequency of use of the various letters. Of course, a large quantity of type was required even for a fairly short book, and if a long one was involved – or if a printing house was using the same fount of type for more than one book at a time – shortages sometimes arose, which might be dealt with by using letters of a different fount or (for instance) by using italic type instead of Roman.

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