Originally published in 1992 in hardcover, this paperback features a newly corrected text and a revised and expanded bibliography, which is updated to 1994. The book is the first to address the entire spectrum of textual scholarship: enumerative and research bibliography; descriptive and analytical bibliography; paleography and typography; historical and textual bibliography; textual criticism and textual theory; scholarly editingDesigned for editors, literary and textual critics, and students, this historical and methodological survey is richly illustrated with line drawings and photographs. There is a bibliography of scholarship (including a list of standard editions in various fields), an appendix of illustrated types of scholarly editions with interpretive commentary, and a full index. The text is suitable for courses in research methods, critical editing, philology, paleography, manuscript studies, publishing, publishing history, and the history of the book and is an essential aid to graduate students in language and literature.
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What specifically should a reader expect to gain from consulting this book? An awareness of the process of textual scholarship; An ability to recognize in practice the major classes of identification described throughout the book; A familiarity with the basic vocabulary of textual scholarship and a sense of the appropriate domain of each of the skills represented by the terms; and finally through the active reading and criticism of textual editions and an understanding of the principles whereon they are constructed.Review:
"The best introduction to the field."-Literary Research Guide "As a medievalist and a textuist, David Greetham is a Renaissance man. He has written the best comprehensive, modern, single-volume introduction to textual scholarship. Its range of reference is impressive, the style is lucid and engaging, and the product is scholarly and informative. I am especially grateful for Textual Scholarship because such is Greetham's achievement I will not toy with the notion of attempting such a work myself. There is no need for a similar work to be written this century and a long way into the next."-Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America "Everything you've ever wanted to know about textual scholarship is contained in this marvelous volume."-Religious Studies Review "This is a splendid book. Its aims are ambitious and its scope comprehensive. Its successes are significant.... It is an honor to join in welcoming this book into the world of scholarship. It is a fine addition to the small shelf of first-class books on textual study."-Text "The descriptions of bibliographic methods and processes are as good as any I have read, and Greetham has the teacher's knack for anticipating and meeting in his audience the need for examples and definitions.... Impressive... readable and worth reading...a fine source for information."-Papers of the Bibliographical Society of Canada
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Book Description Garland Publishing, 1992. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110815300581