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    Belligerent literary, bookplates and graffiti: Dorothy Helbarton's book

    Bale, Anthony (2014) Belligerent literary, bookplates and graffiti: Dorothy Helbarton's book. In: Smyth, Adam and Partington, Gillian (eds.) Book Destruction from the Medieval to the Contemporary. New Directions in Book History. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 89-111. ISBN 9781137367655.

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    This chapter studies the bookplate of San Marino, Henry E. Huntington Library MS HM 136, a fifteenth-century copy of the Brut chronicle, previously owned by John Leche of Nantwich (Cheshire). The many bookplates referring to Dorothy Helbarton show a controversy about the legitimate ownership of the book, and allow us to consider the acquisitive, competitive, and possessive elements of literacy in the late medieval and early modern periods. Bookplates allow us to consider 'owning' rather than 'reading' as a central element of literary culture. These bookplates also allow us to consider issues of legitimate and illegitimate markings in books, and the nature of 'graffiti' and damage.


    Item Type: Book Section
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Brut chronicle, medieval graffiti, marginalia, Dorothy Helbarton
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Creative Arts, Culture and Communication
    Research Centres and Institutes: Gender and Sexuality, Birkbeck (BiGS), Social Research, Birkbeck Institute for (BISR)
    Depositing User: Anthony Bale
    Date Deposited: 12 Feb 2016 15:12
    Last Modified: 09 Aug 2023 12:35


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