Specialist in the history of medieval manuscripts and early printed books in France and the duchy of Brittany, with interest in topics related to book production, illumination, woodcut illustration, and patronage.


Ph.D., New York University


Publishing Networks in France in the Early Era of Print, c. 1450-1550 (Routledge, 2018)

“Commemorating Duke Jean IV of Brittany in Ritual and Image.” Nottingham Medieval Studies 59 (2015): 157-86.

“Hand‒Me‒Downs: The (Re)use of Relief Metalcuts by Brothers Étienne Larcher at Nantes and Jean Du Pré at Paris.” Bulletin du bibliophile (2011/2): 238-66.

“Dynastic Identity and Remembrance of Ducal Brittany in a Fifteenth-Century Carmelite Missal (Princeton University Library, Garrett MS 40).” Princeton University Library Chronicle (2011): 37-67.

Manuscripts, Market and the Transition to Print in Late Medieval Brittany (Farnham, Surrey, and Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing Ltd., 2010).

“The Book Trade in and beyond the Duchy of Brittany during the Reign of Anne de Bretagne.” The Cultural and Political Legacy of Anne de Bretagne. Negotiating Convention in Books and Documents. Ed. Cynthia J. Brown (Woodbridge: D.S. Brewer, 2010), pp. 11-27.

“The Librarius and Libraire as Witnesses to the Evolving Book Trade in Ducal Brittany.” Pecia 13 (2010): 249-61.

“Guillaume Fichet’s Literary Gift to François II, Duke of Brittany.” Nottingham Medieval Studies 53 (2009): 121-32.

“Notes on Manuscript Production and Valuation in Late Medieval Brittany.” The Library 7/2 (2006): 127-53.

“The Fifteenth-Century ‘School’ of Rennes Reconsidered.” Gesta 44/1 (2005): 31-45.

“A Breton Book of Hours for M. de Fontenay, Dame de Chasné.” Scriptorium 59/2 (2004): 174-201.



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