By Simon Eliot, W. R. Owens (editors)
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The study of the book as a material object is called ‘bibliography’. Various types of bibliography are used by other scholarly disciplines for their own purposes, and two such disciplines are examined in later chapters—the history of the book (Chapter 5) and scholarly editing (Chapter 6). Greetham, Textual Scholarship: An Introduction (New York and London: Garland, 1994). Brack, Jnr and Warner Barnes (eds), Bibliography and Textual Criticism (Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press, 1969).
Some seventeenth- and eighteenth-century books were such valuable properties that booksellers bought shares in them (for example, Tom Jones). Sales of these shares sometimes took place. Was the novel in question subject to this sort of speculation? 3 Did the printer or bookseller who produced Moll Flanders specialize in the publishing of novels? If so, how many did he/she publish, and of what type?
The very way in which literature gets put into print can change the meaning of a text. For instance, when a compositor’s hand misses the correct section of his type tray (or ‘case’), or when his assistant puts the type in the wrong section of the case, or when he misreads the manuscript copy from which he is setting the book, then Hamlet’s ‘too, too solid flesh’ becomes ‘sullied’ or ‘sallied’, and Falstaff’s ‘a’ babbled o’ green fields’ becomes a ‘table of green fields’. (For other TEXTUAL SCHOLARSHIP AND BOOK HISTORY 37 examples of this, see Bruce Harkness, ‘Bibliography and the Novelistic Fallacy’ in Bibliography and Textual Criticism, ed.
A Handbook to Literary Research by Simon Eliot, W. R. Owens (editors)