Paratexts and Print in Renaissance Humanism: Experiments in Humanist Paratexts - Ann Blair by The British Library published on 2019-12-20T10:15:11Z The second of three lectures by Ann Blair on paratexts and print in Renaissance humanism. Learned books in the Renaissance often featured abundant and varied paratexts. Some were designed to create authority for the book and its topic; others provided aids to the reader in navigating a long and difficult text. Some of the new paratexts devised by humanist authors and printers proved short-lived experiments; others had a long legacy (though not always continuous). Because they talk about the book and its text, paratexts offer unique insights into the process of producing the book and the various people and social dynamics involved in it, as well as the task and skills expected of the book’s readers.