Appel à publication : « Owning books in the Renaissance: illumination, handwriting, and Layout »

Collecting books had many facets in the Renaissance: paintings,
sculpture, gems and antiques were just a few ways of expressing one’s
dedication. Books were collected by different social groups, by the
humanists for their private studies, by personalities from society,
politics or wealthy merchants, to gain some education or to show off
their – sometimes pretended – erudition. But private collecting could
also be part of a dedication to rare texts, foreign languages or
precious manuscript illumination.

Collecting books, of course, could mean both, manuscripts as well as
printed works, but often the motivation for each was different.
Manuscripts are unique by nature. In their simpler version they were
either copied from humanists for humanists or in their more precious
version they were produced by a workshop which produced illuminated
manuscripts for a knowledgeable clientele. Also early printed books
could be richly illuminated, or in less expensive volumes they had at
least an illuminated initial. Comparing manuscripts and early printed
books, they at first had a similar layout, but then they developed
characteristic differences.

This call for papers is looking for contributions dedicated to the
relationship of text, image and layout, or with single aspects of
this. Also contributions on the presentation of different categories
of literature are welcome, like study texts, poetry, or commentaries.

Contributions should be ten to twenty pages long and may obviously
contain images and graphics.

Deadline for abstracts is November 30, 2013 (and for final papers May
1, 2014)., Sektion Renaissance
Dr. Angela Dreßen
Dr. Susanne Gramatzki

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