Notes and Bibliography

Essays and Notes

Provenance evidence in the Bodleian blockbooks: http://www.bodley.ox.ac.uk/csb/earlyprinting_provenance.html

A manuscript model for the blockbook Apocalypse: http://www.bodley.ox.ac.uk/csb/earlybooks_Apocalypse.html

Illustrations of the Passion of Christ in early printed books: http://www.bodley.ox.ac.uk/csb/earlybooks_Passion.html

"The repair and rebinding history of blockbooks printed in the fifteenth-century now in the Bodleian Library" by Andrew Honey (Bodleian Library)


Bibliography

Reference works cited

In full descriptions of the Bodleian Library's collection of blockbooks (linked from the Browse collection page), the edition numbering refers to Wilhelm Ludwig Schreiber, Manuel de l'amateur de la gravure sur bois et sur métal au XVe siècle, Vol. IV, (Tome quatrième contenant Un catalogue des livres xylographiques et xylo-chirographiques [...]), (Leipzig: Otto Harrassowitz, 1902).

An electronic version of this work is available at: http://www.archive.org/details/manueldelamateu00schrgoog

This volume was later reprinted as "volume IX " of W.L. Schreiber, Handbuch der Holz- und Metallschnitte des XV. Jahrhunderts (Stuttgart; Nendeln: Hiersemann & Kraus Reprint, 1969).

In full descriptions of Bodleian's collection of single-sheet woodcut and metalcut prints (linked from the List of Items), the abbreviation 'Schr.' refers to the reference numbers in Wilhelm Ludwig Schreiber, Handbuch der Holz- und Metallschnitte des XV. Jahrhunderts. (Leipzig: Hiersemann, 1926-30). This German edition from 1926-30 replaces, using the same numbering system, the earlier French edition, Manuel de l'amateur de la gravure sur bois et sur métal au XVe siècle.

Historical assessments of blockbooks and their place in printing history

Blockbücher des Mittelalters: Bilderfolgen als Lektüre. Exhibition catalog, Mainz, Gutenberg-Museum, June-September 1991. (Mainz: Von Zabern, 1991). Contains a complete listing of all known copies of blockbooks, as well as articles on manuscript sources and artistic traditions.

Chow, Kai-Wing “Reinventing Gutenberg: Woodblock and Movable-type Printing in Europe and China”, in Agent of Change: Print Culture Studies after Elizabeth L. Eisenstein, ed. Sabrina Alcorn Baron et al (Amherst and Boston, 2007), pp. 169-92. Places blockbooks in the context both of the history of printing in the west, and of the use of this form of printing in the east.

Needham, Paul. ‘Allan H. Stevenson and the bibliographical uses of paper’ Studies in Bibliography, The Bibliographical Society of the University of Virginia, vol. 47 (1994), pp. 22-64.

Nellhaus, Tobin."Mementos of Things to Come: Orality, Literacy, and Typology in the Biblia pauperum". Printing the written word: the social history of books, circa 1450-1520, Sandra Hindman, ed. (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1991).

Palmer, Nigel F. “Woodcuts for reading: the codicology of Fifteenth-century blockbooks and woodcut cycles,” The woodcut in fifteenth-century Europe. Ed. Peter Parshall. Washington, D.C. : National Gallery of Art, 2009. pp 5-24.

Palmer, Nigel F. “Blockbooks: texts and illustrations printed from wood blocks,” Journal of the Printing Historical Society, n.s. 11, Spring 2008. pp 93-118.

Palmer, Nigel F. “Junius’s blockbooks: copies of the Biblia Paumperum and ‘Canticum canticorum’ in the Bodleian Library and their place in the history of printing,” Renaissance Studies9 (1995), pp. 137-165

Stevenson, Allan H. "Watermarks are Twins," Studies in Bibliography, The Bibliographical Society of the University of Virginia, vol. 4 (1951-52), pp. 57-91.

The woodcut in fifteenth-century Europe, edited by Peter Parshall. (Washington, D.C. : National Gallery of Art, 2009)