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This front matter section of the book Documenting the Early Modern Book World: Inventories and Catalogues in Manuscript and Print contains the table of contents, notes on contributors, and a list of figures, tables and illustrations. Scholars of pre-modern literary culture rely almost exclusively on texts that have survived: mostly those that have reached the comparative safety of modern library collections. But the urge to record, catalogue and advertise the wealth of new publications in the age of print created an additional and valuable resource: book lists. Printers made lists of their available stock; owners catalogued their libraries; religious authorities drew up indexes of banned books; assessors inventoried collections and stock as part of the settlement of estates, or legal proceedings.

Keywords: legal proceedings; pre-modern literary culture; printers



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