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This introduction provides an overview of the key themes discussed in the book, which re-evaluates Scandinavian pre-Reformation book history, locating it within transnational structures and networks of printer-publishers, merchants and bookbinders, and customers and readers. It also provides new contributions to the national bibliographies of Denmark and Sweden, based on new readings of archival and bibliographical evidence. Chronologically, the book covers the period from the mid-1450s to 1525. It concentrates on the transnational complexities of late medieval and early modern Scandinavian book history, a topic that has been almost entirely neglected in Scandinavian book historiography. Another guiding principle in Scandinavian book history concerns the primacy of the text and of national literary history. In general, the book focuses on early Scandinavian book culture.

Keywords: Denmark; national literary history; Scandinavian book historiography; Scandinavian pre-Reformation book history; Sweden



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