Image, Knife, and Gluepot: Early Assemblage in Manuscript and Print

Image, Knife, and Gluepot: Early Assemblage in Manuscript and Print Kathryn M. Rudy


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.

Image, Knife, and Gluepot: Early Assemblage in Manuscript and Print
Kathryn M. Rudy | Forthcoming 2019
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)

Kathryn M. Rudy is a 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. Her most recent books include Postcards on Parchment: The Social Lives of Medieval Books (2015) and Piety in Pieces, published by OBP in 2016.

Appendix with manuscript sources: Download (xls format)