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The fourteen essays that comprise Collections in Context: The Organization of Knowledge and Community in Europe interrogate questions posed by French, Flemish, English, and Italian collections of all sorts—libraries as a whole, anthologies and miscellanies assembled within a single manuscript or printed book, and even illustrated ivory boxes. Collecting became an increasingly important activity during the fourteenth through seventeenth centuries, when the decreased cost of producing books made ownership available to more people. But the act of collecting is never neutral: it gathers information, orders material (especially linear texts), and prioritizes everything—in short, collecting both organizes and comments on knowledge. Moreover, the context of a collection must reveal something about identity, but whose? That of the compiler? The reader or viewer? The donor? The patron? With essays by a wide array of international scholars, Collections in Context demonstrates that the very act of collecting inevitably imposes some kind of relationship among what might otherwise be naively thought of as disparate elements and simultaneously exposes something about the community that created and used the collection. Thus, Collections in Context offers unusual insights into how collecting both produced knowledge and built community in early modern Europe.

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  1. Cover
  2. p. 1
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. 2-5
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-11
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  1. Illustrations
  2. pp. xi-xv
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  1. Short List of Frequently Cited References
  2. pp. xvii-19
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  1. Introduction: Collections Rediscovered and Redened
  2. pp. 1-10
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  1. I. Composing, Ordering, and Circulating Collections
  2. pp. 11-31
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  1. 1. Collections: Collections: Editing, Exhibitions, and e-Science Initiatives
  2. pp. 13-29
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  1. 2. The Wings of Chivalry and the Order of Bodleian Library, Ms. Douce 308
  2. pp. 30-63
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  1. 3. Buried Treasure: A Lost Document from the Debate on the Romance of the Rose
  2. pp. 64-74
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  1. 4. Pages Filled with Dreams: Notes on the Reorganization of Epic Cycles in Fifteenth-Century Italy
  2. pp. 75-85
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  1. 5. The Turk in the Trésor politique (1598/1608) or the Anthological as Political Mode
  2. pp. 86-96
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  1. II. NETWORKS OF TEXTS, BOOK PRODUCERS, AND READERS: THE CASE OF THE SHREWSBURY BOOK (BRITISH LIBRARY MS. ROYAL  E. VI)
  2. pp. 97-117
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  1. 6. Collecting Images: The Role of the Visual in the Shrewsbury Book (BL Ms. Royal  E. vi)
  2. pp. 99-119
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  1. 7. The Time of an Anthology: BL Ms. Royal  E. vi and the Commemoration of Chivalric Culture
  2. pp. 120-133
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  1. 8. The Treatise Cycle of the Shrewsbury Book, BL Ms. Royal 15 E. vi
  2. pp. 134-150
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  1. 9Christine de Pizan’s Livre des fais d’armeset de chevalerie and the Coherence of BL Ms. Royal 15 E. vi.
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  1. III. Collections Building Community
  2. pp. 189-209
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  1. 10. A Livre d’Eracles within the Library of the Fifteenth-Century Flemish Bibliophile, Louis de Bruges: Paris, BnF Ms. fr.  in Context
  2. pp. 191-207
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  1. 11. Reading Royal Allegories in Gautier de Coinci’s Miracles de Nostre Dame: The Soissons Manuscript (Paris, BnF, Ms. n. a. fr.)
  2. pp. 208-236
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  1. 12. The Prato fiorito, the Selva di cose diverse, and Other Compilations by Suor Fiammetta Frescobaldi
  2. pp. 237-245
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  1. 13. A Curious Collection in Ivory: The Lord Gort Casket
  2. pp. 246-274
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  1. 14. Repeat Performances: Adam de la Halle, Jehan Bodel, and the Reusable Pasts of Their Plays
  2. pp. 275-287
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  1. Afterword. Of Books and Other Miscellaneous Revolutions: Medieval Miscellanies in Context
  2. pp. 288-293
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  1. General Bibliography
  2. pp. 295-321
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 323-326
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  1. Manuscript Index
  2. pp. 327-328
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  1. General Index
  2. pp. 329-340
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780814270691
Related ISBN
9780814211717
MARC Record
OCLC
868220203
Pages
400
Launched on MUSE
2014-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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