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Title: Denis Janot, Parisian printer & bookseller (fl. 1529-1544) : a bibliographical study
Author: Rawles, Stephen
ISNI:       0000 0001 3509 4295
Awarding Body: University of Warwick
Current Institution: University of Warwick
Date of Award: 1976
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This thesis primarily presents a descriptive bibliography of the works printed by or for Denis Janot, a Parisian printer who operated between 1529 and 1544. Much in the bibliography is owed to the work of Renouard now preserved in the Bibliothèque Nationale, but I have tried to re-examine every known copy of every book, and have found some fifty or more editions apparently not known to Renouard, or not ascribed by him to Janot. Appendices of works possibly connected with Janot follow the bibliography. The bibliography is the source of most of the conclusions drawn in the chapters preceding it. After an introduction outlining the aims and methods of the bibliography, Chapter One discusses Janot's career, drawing on the evidence of his books, suggesting that it may be divided into four periods, and tracing Janot's development from a bookseller to a fairly orthodox printer of vernacular books to an artist who applied the aesthetic standards of the best humanist printers to the printing of French. Chapter Two examines Janot's printing materials, dealing aainly with those dating from and after 1534, when Janot began his independent career. Chapter Three considers the Amadis de Gaule romance and Janot's editions of its first five books. Treatment of critical reactions to the work is followed by a bibliographical analysis of Janot's editions. Using also the evidence of the contracts between translator and printer, the chronology of Janot's edition is established. Conclusions are then drawn about the nature of the work's reception by the reading public. The first appendix to the text contains two documents drawn from Janot's books, while the second contains a short account of the life of Nicolas de Herberay, translator of the Aniadis, and the documents discussed in Chapter Three.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Great Britain. Dept. of Education and Science
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Z004 Books. Writing. Paleography