Paston Letters and Papers of the Fifteenth Century.Paston Letters Paston Letters, collection of personal and business correspondence, mostly among members of the Paston family of Norfolk, England. The letters cover the years from 1422 to 1529, together with deeds and other documents. and Papers of the Fifteenth Century: Parts I and II. Norman Davis, editor. Oxford University Press for The Early English Text Society The Early English Text Society is an organization to reprint early English texts, especially those only available in manuscript. Most of its volumes are in Middle English and Old English. . Part I: 1xxxvii + 671 pages. [pounds sterling]50.00. ISBN ISBN
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ISBN n abbr (= International Standard Book Number) → ISBN m 0-19-722421-0. Part II: xxxiii + 618 pages. [pounds sterling]50.00. ISBN 0-19-722422-9. When these two volumes first appeared in 1971 (Part I) and 1976 (Part II) their publication was greeted as a landmark: the most complete record of the most important collection of fifteenth-century letters spreading over three generations and set out in their original form with only some modern punctuation added. As Prof. Davis noted, their value lay not just in the field of social history but in that of linguistic development. He was also the first to point out which letters were autograph and which were written by a clerk. Part One contains letters from the Pastons; Part II, letters to them. He included certain legal papers such as wills or inventories to add to the volumes' value and wrote a substantial note on the manuscripts themselves, the handwriting and the family whilst also including a chronological table. Both parts also had plates showing the original manuscripts. For many years these invaluable volumes have been out of print and this new edition is both welcome and needed. O.U.P. and the E.E.T.S. are to be heartily congratulated for reissuing them and for correcting minor errors in typesetting typesetting: see printing.
Setting of type for use in any of various printing processes. Type for printing, using woodblocks, was invented in China in the 11th century, and movable type using metal molds had appeared in Korea by the 13th and editing. The third part, which has the remaining texts and an index, will be published later this year to complete the set. (R.G.C.)