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2012 Panizzi Lectures 2: Making and Selling Books

How far could women participate in producing and selling books? The lecture considers how convents could be centres for the copying of manuscripts for their own use or for sale, and how some nuns and laywomen were able to contribute to the running of printing and bookselling businesses.

Brian Richardson is Professor of Italian Language at the University of Leeds. His publications include Print Culture in Renaissance Italy: The Editor and the Vernacular Text, 1470-1600 (1994), Printing, Writers and Readers in Renaissance Italy (1999), Manuscript Culture in Renaissance Italy (2009) and editions of 16th-century texts on Italian linguistics. He is currently leading a project on oral culture in relation to manuscript and print in early modern Italy.

MP3 file, 1 hr 14 mins 44 secs, 29.94 MB