This paper will explore the concept of book production in a monastery without a scriptorium. How is the process of monastic book production affected by the printing press or moveable type? How does a monastery that never systematically produced manuscripts create a system of printed book production that Mary Erler calls a ‘factory for books’? This paper will explore the materialism of early printing at Syon Abbey, and how the scholarly community at Syon partnered with printers like Wynkyn de Worde and Richard Pynson to create a model for a monastic print production.
Irish Dominican sisters settled in Spain during the 1490s and established a permanent mission. Central to their mission was the production of Irish material culture. Irish books and manuscripts included an Irish catechism which was produced in and by convents. This paper will analyse the reverse acculturation stimulated by Irish Dominican sisters which led to the widespread use of and Irish catechism in Spanish convents.
The material aspects of a manuscript can reveal interesting things about book production. Fr. 12786 will be used as a case study in this paper. This book has an interesting codicology that raises questions about the original intentions of the manuscript makers and gives an insight into the production processes at use in the place in which this book was made – early 14th-century Northern France. The parchment, the foliation, the binding, the script, and even the 19th-century cover all provide information about the original purposes of the manuscript and the context in which it was produced, but they will also reveal an ambiguous view on the original, the intended, and the current collation and state of the book.