Mouseover the “Bibliographies” menu to select a specific topic. The bibliographies are also available as a single page below.

Reading Publics
(general issues and questions)

  • Chartier, Roger, The Order of Books: Readers, Authors, and Libraries in Europe between the Fourteenth and Eighteenth Centuries (Cambridge: Polity, 1994).
  • Chartier, Roger, The Culture of Print: Power and the Uses of Print in Early Modern Europe (Cambridge, 1998).
  • Grafton, Anthony, Commerce with the Classics: Ancient Books and Renaissance Readers (Ann Arbor, MI: Michigan Univ. Pres, 1997).
  • Grafton, Anthony, ‘Renaissance Readers and Ancient Texts: Comments on Some Commentaries’, Renaissance Quarterly 38 (1988), 615-49.
  • Craig Kallendorf, Virgil and the Myth of Venice: Books and Readers in the Italian Renaissance (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1999).
  • Genette, Gerard, Seuils (Paris: Editions du Seuil, 1987); Paratexts: Thresholds of Interpretation (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1997).
  • Love, Harold, Scribal Publication in Seventeenth-Century England (Oxford: Clarendon, 1993).
  • Petrucci, Armando, Writers and Readers in Medieval Italy: Studies in the History of Written Culture (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1995).
  • Richardson, Brian, Print Culture in Renaissance Italy (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1994).
  • ________. Printing, Writers and Readers in Renaissance Italy (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999).
  • ________. Manuscript Culture in Renaissance Italy (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009).
  • Smith, Helen and Louise Wilson, eds., Renaissance Paratexts(Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011).

    Modes of Reading

  • Peter Mack, ‘Ramus Reading’, Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes 6 (1998), 111-41.
  • Alistair Minnis and A. B. Scott with David Wallace, Medieval Literary Theory and Criticism c. 1100–c. 1375: The Commentary Tradition (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1991)
  • Suzanne Reynolds, Medieval Reading: Grammar, Rhetoric and the Classical Text (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996).
  • Karlheinz Stierle, ‘Studium: Perspectives on Institutionalized Modes of Reading’, New Literary History 22 (1991), 115–28.
  • Brian Stock, After Augustine: The Meditative Reader and the Text (Philadelpia: University of Pennyslvania Press, 2001).
  • Les Commentaires et la naissance de la critique littéraire. France/Italie (XIVe–XVe siècles). ed. by Gisèle Mathieu-Castellani and Michel Plaisance (Paris: Aux Amateurs de Livres, 1990).
  • Jon Usher, ‘Boccaccio on Readers and Reading’, Heliotropia1:1 (2003), available on- line at <;.

Renaissance Libraries
Caroline Duroselle-Melish (Houghton Library)

  • Marcella Grendler “A Greek Collection in Padua: The Library of Gian Vincenzo Pinelli (1535-1601)” in Renaissance Quarterly, vol.33, no.3 (Autumn 1980) pp. 386-416.
  • Kristian Jensen, “Universities and Colleges” in The Cambridge history of Libraries in Britain and Ireland, Vol. 1, To 1640, ed. by Elisabeth Leedham-Green and Teresa Webber (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008), pp. 345-362.
  • Ian Maclean, Learning and the Market Place: Essays in the History of the Early Modern Book (Leiden: Brill, 2009), Chapter 1 “The Market for scholarly books and conceptions of genre in Northern Europe, 1570-1630,” pp. 9-24.
  • David McKitterick, “Libraries and the Organisation of Knowledge” in The Cambridge History of Libraries in Britain and Ireland. Vol. 1, To 1640, ed. by Elisabeth Leedham- Green and Teresa Webber (Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2008), pp. 592- 615.
  • Paul Nelles, article “Libraries” in Encyclopedia of the Renaissance. Paul F. Grendler, editor in chief. (New York : Scribner’s, 1999), vol. 3, pp. 420-424.
  • Rome Reborn : the Vatican Library and Renaissance culture. Edited by Anthony Grafton. (Washington: Library of Congress, in association with Biblioteca apostolica vaticana, Vatican City, 1993), pp. 3-45.
  • Bettina Wagner, “Libri impressi Bibliothecae Monasterii Sancti Emmerammi, the Incunable Collection of St. Emmeram, Regensburg, and its Catalogue of 1501” in Incunabula and Their Readers: Printing, Selling and Using Books in the Fifteenth Century, ed. by Kristian Jensen (London: British Library, 2003), pp. 179-277.

  Vernacular Literature:
Simon Gilson and Rhiannon Daniels

  • Alison Cornish, Vernacular Translation in Dante’s Italy: Illiterate Literature (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010).
  • Rhiannon Daniels, Boccaccio and the Book: Production and Reading in Italy 1340-1520 (Oxford: Legenda, 2009).
  • Simon Gilson, Dante and Renaissance Florence (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005).
  •  ________. ‘La divinità di Dante: The Problematics of Dante’s Critical Reception’, Critica del Testo 14:1 (2011), pp. 581–604.
  • James Hankins, ‘Humanism in the Vernacular’, in Humanism and Creativity in the Renaissance. Essays in Honor of Ronald G. Witt, ed. by Christopher S. Celenza and Kenneth Gouwens (Leiden – Boston: Brill, 2006): 11-29.

      Platonism in the Renaissance
    Maude Vanhaelen and Valery Rees

  • Michael J. B. Allen, Synoptic Art: Marsilio Ficino on the History of Platonic Interpretation (Florence: Olschki, 1998).
  • J. Hankins and A. Palmer, The Recovery of Ancient Philosophy in the Renaissance: A Brief Guide (Florence: Olchki, 2008).
  • J. Hankins, Plato in the Italian Renaissance, 2 vols (Leiden-New York: Brill, 1990).
  • John Monfasani, ‘Two Fifteenth-Century “Platonic Academies”: Bessarion’s and Ficino’s’ in On Renaissance Academies (as above), pp. 61-76.
  • Valery Rees, ‘Ficinian Ideas in the Poetry of Edmund Spenser’, Spenser Studies, XXIV, 2009: pp. 73-132.
  • Maude Vanhaelen, ‘Cose di Platone fatte Toscane: Language and Ideology in two vernacular translations of Plato printed by Francesco Priscianese’, Modern Language Review 107 (2012), pp. 1102-1120 (in press).
  • N.G. Wilson, From Byzantium to Italy: Greek Studies in the Italian Renaissance (London: Duckworth, 1992).
 Renaissance Magic and Demonology
Stephen Clucas
  • S. Clark, Thinking with Demons: The Idea of Witchcraft in Early Modern Europe (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1997).
  • Stephen Clucas. ‘John Dee’s Angelic Conversations and the ars notoria: Renaissance magic and mediaeval theurgy’, in Stephen Clucas (ed.), John Dee: Interdisciplinary Studies in English Renaissance Thought (Dordrecht: Springer, 2006), pp. 231-273.
  •  ________. ‘False illuding Spirits & Cownterfeiting Deuills: John Dee’s Angelic Conversations and Religious Anxiety’ in Joad Raymond (ed.), Conversations with Angels: Essays Towards a History of Spiritual Communication, 1100-1700 (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011), pp. 150-174.
  • W. Stephens, Demon Lovers: Witchcraft, Sex and the Crisis of Belief (Chicago: Chicago University Press, 2001).
  • D.P. Walker, Spiritual and Demonic Magic from Ficino to Campanella(University Park: Pennsylvania University Press, 2000).

 Aristotle in the Renaissance
David A. Lines

  • Donato Acciaiuoli, selection from Commentary on the ‘Nicomachean Ethics’, in Cambridge Translations of Renaissance Philosophical Texts, vol. 1: Moral Philosophy, ed. by Jill Kraye (Cambridge, 1997), pp. 46–58.
  • Luca Bianchi, ‘Un commento “umanistico” ad Aristotele: L’Expositio super libros Ethicorum di Donato Acciaiuoli’, Rinascimento, 30 (1990), 29–55; rpt in idem, Studi sull’aristotelismo del rinascimento (Padua, 2003), pp. 11–39.
  • Jill Kraye, ‘Moral Philosophy’, in The Cambridge History of Renaissance Philosophy (Cambridge, 1988), pp. 303–86.
  • David A. Lines, ‘Humanistic and Scholastic Ethics’, in The Cambridge Companion to Renaissance Philosophy, ed. James Hankins (Cambridge University Press, 2007), pp. 304–318.
  • ________. ‘Lefèvre and French Aristotelianism on the Eve of the Sixteenth Century’, in Der Aristotelismus in der Frühen Neuzeit nach dem Fall von Konstantinopel— Kontinuität oder Wiederaneignung?, ed. Andreas Speer and Günter Frank (Wolfenbüttler Forschungen, 2007), pp. 273–289.
  •  ________. ‘Teaching Physics in Louvain and Bologna: Frans Titelmans and Ulisse Aldrovandi’, in Scholarly Knowledge: Textbooks in Early Modern Europe, ed. by Emidio Campi and others (Geneva, 2008), pp. 183–203.
  • Antonino Poppi, L’etica del rinascimento tra Platone e Aristotele (Naples, 1997).
  • Charles B. Schmitt, Aristotle and the Renaissance (Harvard University Press, 1983).

 Printing and Medicine in the Renaissance
Vivian Nutton

  • Samuel K. Cohn, jr, Cultures of Plague (Oxford University Press, 2010); pp. 9-38.
  • Elizabeth Eisenstein, The Printing Press as an Agent of Change (Cambridge University Press, 1979).
  • Sachiko Kusukawa, Picturing the Book of Nature: Image, Text and Argument in Sixteenth-Century Human Anatomy and Medical Botany(University of Chicago Press, 2012).
  • C. D. O’Malley, Andreas Vesalius of Brussels, 1514-1564 (Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1964).
  • Ian Maclean, Logic, Signs and Nature in the Renaissance (Cambridge University Press, 2002); pp. 36-67.
  • Peter McNally, ed., The advent of printing: historians of science respond to Elizabeth Eisenstein’s The printing press as an agent of change (Montreal: McGill School of Library and Information Studies, 1987).
  • Vivian Nutton, `The diffusion of ancient medicine in the Renaissance’, Medicina nei Secoli 14, 2002, pp. 461-78.
  • ___________, ‘Books, printing and medicine in the Renaissance’, Medicina nei Secoli 17, 2005, pp. 421-43. (The whole issue deals with aspects of printing).

The materials in this bibliography correspond to the reading lists set for the “Reading Publics” workshop held at the University of Warwick in July 2012. Unless otherwise indicated, the bibliographies were put together by the workshop’s organizers: Prof. Simon Gilson, Dr.David Lines and Dr. Maude Vanhaelen and adapted for the blog by Bryan Brazeau.



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