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Diane E. Booton
President and Fellows of Harvard College (Cambridge, MA 02138-3800)
Manuscripts, Market and the Transition to Print in Ducal Brittany

My book seeks to understand the forces of local production and the artistic, literary and economic influences on the making of handwritten and early printed books in late-medieval Brittany by studying codicological, typographical and illustrative evidence, archival documentation and historical sources. I shall also study issues of patronage and acquisition to discern changing patterns of manuscript and book collecting and how the literary tastes of the regional nobility evolved over time and to examine on how printers and booksellers might have responded to potential buyers. This book brings together a wide array of sources to deepen our understanding not only of these objects, but of the society that produced, acquired and valued them.

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Project fields:
Art History and Criticism

Summer Stipends

Research Programs

$5,000 (approved)
$5,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2007 – 7/31/2007