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Jerome In Print

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For almost twelve hundred years, from the time he wrote them until the dawn of print, someone had to copy out Jerome's letters, treatises, biblical commentaries, and translations by hand for others to read them. The process of transcription began with Jerome himself, who had to copy out his own writings when scribes were not available. Eight years prior to Erasmus' famous first edition the title page of the edition printed by Le Preux advertised the hard work and care that guaranteed the edition's accuracy. That the printed Jerome was an ally of humanism was already evident in the selections of letters edited by Aesticampianus and Lang and the one printed in Antwerp in 1515. This necessarily comprehensive, but by no means exhaustive, bibliographic record of Renaissance printed editions of Jerome demonstrates that Erasmus was a part, albeit a vital part, of a larger culture of printing and editing Jerome.

Keywords: biblical commentaries; Erasmus; Jerome's letters; Renaissance



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