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Roeland Harms, Joad Raymond, and Jeroen Salman (eds.). Not Dead Things: The Dissemination of Popular Print in England and Wales, Italy, and the Low Countries, 1500-1820

Roeland Harms, Joad Raymond, and Jeroen Salman (eds.). Not Dead Things: The Dissemination of Popular Print in England and Wales, Italy, and the Low Countries, 1500-1820. Leiden: Brill, 2013. xvii, 328 p., [8] p., ill. ISBN 9789004253056. €128.00 / US $165.00 (hardback).

This essay collection derives in part from a memorable conference, “Pedlars, Pamphlets and the Popular Press (1600-1850),” held at the University of Utrecht in 2010. It focuses on the book trade as a “series of dynamic processes” (3) including, crucially, the distribution networks which enabled books to move between their originators and readers.

Lindsay O’Neill. The Opened Letter: Networking in the Early Modern British World / Diana G. Barnes. Epistolary Community in Print, 1580-1664

Lindsay O’Neill. The Opened Letter: Networking in the Early Modern British World. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015. viii, 264p. ill. ISBN 9780812246483. US $47.50 (hardback).

Diana G. Barnes. Epistolary Community in Print, 1580-1664Material Readings in Early Modern Culture. Farnham, Surrey: Ashgate, 2013. xii, 250p., 11 ill. ISBN 9781409445357. US $99.95 (hardback).

The myriad of personal papers surviving outside the archives of official power, in homes, in the forms of diaries and letters, have informed historical, cultural, social and literary works over the recent years. Part of this resurgent interest, particularly for the early modern period and the eighteenth century, was a particular attentiveness to the materiality of letters, on the one hand, and on the other, the importance of epistolary networks.

Autorenbibliotheken: Erschließung, Rekonstruktion, Wissensordnung. Bibliothek und Wissenschaft 48

Autorenbibliotheken: Erschließung, Rekonstruktion, Wissensordnung. Bibliothek und Wissenschaft 48 (2015). 198p., ill. ISBN 9783447103404. €99.00 (paperback).

Author’s libraries gained increasing interest in recent scholarship. The 2015 issue of Bibliothek und Wissenschaft is devoted to the subject, and the six contributions to the journal study author’s libraries with a regional focus on Germany and Switzerland during the late early modern period and the Age of Enlightenment.

Steven W. May and Arthur F. Marotti, eds. Ink, Stink Bait, Revenge, and Queen Elizabeth: A Yorkshire Yeoman’s Household Book

Steven W. May and Arthur F. Marotti, eds. Ink, Stink Bait, Revenge, and Queen Elizabeth: A Yorkshire Yeoman’s Household Book. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2014. xii, 272p., ill. ISBN 9780801456565. £16.47 / US $24.95 (paperback).

The focus of this book is the manuscript household miscellany of a literate Yorkshire gentleman, recently uncovered in the British Library (Add. MS 82370). The text features several hands, but was predominantly compiled by one John Hanson of Rastrick, Yorkshire (1517–1599), most likely in the early 1590s, and highlights a broad range of interests from local feuds over land, poems about events of national and international significance (like the Spanish Armada), and recipes for common household goods such as ink, fish bait and sealing wax.