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The essays during this quantity search to flesh out the variety of chinese language textual construction throughout the interval spanning the 10th and fourteenth centuries whilst printing grew to become a general expertise. through exploring the social and political relatives that formed the creation and copy of revealed texts, the influence of highbrow and non secular formations on publication creation, the interplay among print and different media, readership, and the expansion of collections, the individuals supply the 1st finished exam of the cultural heritage of ebook creation within the first 500 years of the background of printing. In an afterword historian of the early glossy ecu booklet, Ann Blair, displays at the volume's implications for the comparative learn of the effect of printing.

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The normality of print in the twelfth century is also reflected in collectors’ frequent disregard for distinctions between manuscript and print in their catalogs. Egan suggests here that the normality of print added new significance to the act of handcopying. Friends and acquaintances of collectors and scholars stressed their subjects’ personal involvement in handcopying as an act of scholarly depth and rigor in the face of declining learning standards perceived to be the result of the growing reliance on printed copies.

Introduction The focus of this paper is on the ways that the increased availability of books in eleventh- and twelfth-century China affected ways of thinking about the written word. I will begin by quoting a few sources that suggest how widespread and quantitatively significant was the increase in books, owing largely (but not entirely) to the spread of printing. 1 There is first the exchange of 1005 between Emperor Zhenzong 真宗 (r. 998–1022) and Xing Bing 邢昺: The emperor went to the Directorate of Education to inspect the Publications Office.

De Weerdt’s paper argues that even though paratextual elements such as headings and intralinear markup were used in manuscript, competition in commercial printing led to their normalization, if not their standardization. Paratext shapes reading in multiple ways, but the impact varies depending on the medium, as in the case of map steles and commercial prints of the same map titles. The transposition of disconnected text blocks on the periphery of a large stele (or original silk manuscript) onto codex-size pages of text stimulated a particular type of guided reading and analysis of the map.

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