The Nature of the Page: Poetry, Papermaking, and the Ecology of Texts in Renaissance England


English | ISBN: 081225189X | 2020 | 288 pages | EPUB | 19 MB

An innovative study of books and reading that focuses on papermaking in the Renaissance
In The Nature of the Page, Joshua Calhoun tells the story of handmade paper in Renaissance England and beyond. For most of the history of printing, paper was made primarily from recycled rags, so this is a story about using old clothes to tell new stories, about plants used to make clothes, and about plants that frustrated papermakers’ best attempts to replace scarce natural resources with abundant ones. Because plants, like humans, are susceptible to the ravages of time, it is also a story of corruption and the hope that we can preserve the things we love from decay.
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