A Concise Companion to Shakespeare and the Text (Concise by Andrew R. Murphy

By Andrew R. Murphy

A Concise better half to Shakespeare and the Text introduces the early versions, enhancing practices, and publishing heritage of Shakespeare’s performs and poems, and examines their impression on bibliographic stories as a whole.

  • The first single-volume ebook to supply an available and authoritative creation to Shakespearean bibliographic studies
  • Includes a useful advent, notes on Shakespeare’s texts, and an invaluable bibliography
  • Contributors signify either top and rising students within the field
  • Represents an unprecedented source for either scholars and faculty

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Perhaps most often, their motives were a combination of principle and profit. What is now probably the best-known of the secret presses of early modern England is that on which Robert Waldegrave printed the Martin Marprelate tracts, moving around the country from the house of one patron to another, at East Molesey, Fawsley, and Coventry. One of his tracts, Oh Read 20 The Publishing Trade in Shakespeare’s Time Over D. John Bridges, for it is a Worthy Worke (1588), attacks John Wolfe for his relentless pursuit of Waldegrave, describing him as “alias Machivill .

In recognition of his efforts, Day was granted a patent giving him sole right to print Alexander Nowell’s popular Catechism in 1570, a patent which was later extended to include all of Nowell’s writings. Christopher Barker, as well as enjoying royal support, marked his texts with a printer’s device that featured the tiger’s head from his patron Sir Francis Walsingham’s crest, and, in 1576, established a second shop in Paternoster Row (an area heavily associated with religious printing) marked by the sign of the tiger’s head.

All the later editions of the two poems up to 1630 were also published as octavos, so it would certainly have been possible to bind the later editions of all three volumes of Shakespeare’s poetry (including the 1599 octavo The Passionate Pilgrim, attributed to Shakespeare, although the majority of poems are by other hands) together. ] editions) together with a 1600 copy of Thomas Middleton’s The Ghost of Lucrece and a 1595 copy of Emaricdulfe. C. 2 It was only through a few such bound miscellanies that most of the few surviving copies of the poems were preserved.

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