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Image, Knife, and Gluepot: Early Assemblage in Manuscript and Print (XML)

Image, Knife, and Gluepot: Early Assemblage in Manuscript and Print (XML) Kathryn M. Rudy
XML ISBN: 978-1-78374-725-2 £0.00
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-78374-516-6 £22.95

In this ingenious study, Kathryn Rudy takes the reader on a journey to trace the birth, life and afterlife of a Netherlandish book of hours made in 1500. Image, Knife, and Gluepot painstakingly reconstructs the process by which this manuscript was created and discusses its significance as a text at the forefront of fifteenth-century book production, when the invention of mechanically-produced images led to the creation of new multimedia objects. Rudy then travels to the nineteenth century to examine the phenomenon of manuscript books being pillaged for their prints and drawings: she has diligently tracked down the dismembered parts of this book of hours for the first time. Image, Knife, and Gluepot also documents Rudy’s twenty-first-century research process, as she hunts through archives while grappling with the logistics and occasionally the limits of academic research.

This is a timely volume, focusing on questions of materiality at the forefront of medieval and literary studies. Beautifully illustrated throughout, its use of original material and its striking interdisciplinary approach, combining book and art history, make it a significant academic achievement.

Image, Knife, and Gluepot is a valuable text for any scholar in the fields of medieval studies, the history of early books and publishing, cultural history or material culture. Written in Rudy’s inimitable style, it will also be rewarding for any student enrolled in a course on manuscript production, as well as non-specialists interested in the afterlives of manuscripts and prints.

Due to the number and quality of the images in this book, we have provided the option of a more expensive hardback edition, printed on the best quality paper available, in order to present the images as clearly and beautifully as possible. We hope this range of options — the freely available PDF, HTML and XML editions; the economically priced EPUB, MOBI and paperback editions; and the more expensively printed hardback — will satisfy everyone.

Image, Knife, and Gluepot: Early Assemblage in Manuscript and Print
Kathryn M. Rudy | July 2019
374 pp. |137 color illustrations | 6.14" x 9.21" (234 x 156 mm)
ISBN Paperback: 9781783745166
ISBN Hardback: 9781783745173
ISBN Digital (PDF): 9781783745180
ISBN Digital ebook (epub): 9781783745197
ISBN Digital ebook (mobi): 9781783745203
ISBN Digital XML: 9781783747252
DOI: 10.11647/OBP.0145
Subject codes: BIC: DSBB (Literary studies: classical, early & medieval), HRLC (Sacred texts); BISAC: LIT011000 (LITERARY CRITICISM / Medieval)

Bibliographical Note
A Note on Images

Introduction: Hybrid Books in Flux

  1. Cut, Pasted, and Cut Again:
    The Fate of 140 German and Netherlandish Single-Leaf Prints at the Hands of a Limburg Franciscan and a Modern Connoisseur
    1. The Beghards of Maastricht and their Commercial Pursuits
    2. Israhel’s Roundels
    3. The Logic of Accession Numbers
    4. The Knife as a Tool for Creativity
    5. Silhouettes and Doubles
    6. The Thin Red Line
    7. Foliation
    8. A Group of Woodcuts, Possibly Netherlandish
    9. Appropriating German Engravings
    10. Painted Prints from the Circle of Israhel van Meckenem
    11. Monogrammist A
    12. Attributions
    13. Recapitulation
    14. Book Production
    15. A Sheaf of Drawings
    16. Revolutionary Upheavals and the Dispersal of the Prints
    17. The Missing Images: In Paris?
    18. Rothschild
    19. Tross, Again
    20. Holes and Patterns
    21. Conclusions
  2. A Novel Function for the Calendar in Add. Ms. 24332
    1. Calendars and the Principle of Interchangeable Parts
    2. Book Technologies and Social Networks
    3. A Book for Children
    4. Jan van Emmerick
    5. Conclusions
  3. The Beghards in the Sixteenth Century
    1. Another Hoard of Prints From Maastricht
    2. The Calendar of Add. 31002
    3. Similarities Between Add. 24332 and Add. 31002
    4. 25 Years Later
    5. Dating the Later Manuscript
    6. Israhel van Meckenem
    7. Conclusion: Changes Over Three Decades
  4. Manuscripts with Prints: A Sticky Idea
    1. Patterns
    2. Hiding in Plain Sight: Prints from Another Drugulin Manuscript
    3. The Dregs in Paris
    4. Berlin
    5. Bleeding into a Chalice
    6. Manuscripts Still Intact
    7. Israhel van Meckenem as a Master of Self-Promotion
    8. Conclusions: Some Assembly Required

List of Illustrations
General Index
Index of Manuscripts and Prints

Kathryn M. Rudy is Professor in art history at the University of St Andrews. She has written extensively about late medieval manuscripts and is best known for her work on ‘Dirty Books’, for which she measured signs of wear in manuscript margins in order to quantify reader reception. See her TED talk on this topic. Before coming to academia in 2011, she was curator of illuminated manuscripts at the National Library of The Netherlands. She holds degrees from Cornell, Columbia, and Toronto, and she has held fellowships, inter alia, at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, the Warburg, the Bodleian Library, the Getty, the Bauhaus University Weimar, and Trinity College Dublin. Among her recent books are: Postcards on Parchment: The Social Lives of Medieval Books (2015) and Rubrics, Images and Indulgences in Late Medieval Netherlandish Manuscripts (2017). For OBP she has also written Piety in Pieces: How Medieval Readers Customized their Manuscripts (2016).

Appendix with manuscript sources: Download (xls format)