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date: 16 October 2019

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This article examines the impact of printing on the perceived worth of printed book in England during the period from 1476 to 1575. It aims to show that during this period, the invention of printing had an impact in many areas of book production and dissemination, and upon the trade in new and old texts as a whole. It evaluates the power of the press to circulate the content of earlier manuscripts in order to exemplify the impact of dissemination by print and explores the ways in which those in the book trade and the English reading public perceived the value of both the texts themselves and the artefacts that divulged these many and varied texts.

Keywords: printing, printed book, England, book production, book dissemination, manuscripts

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