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By Andrew R. Murphy

ISBN-10: 140513528X

ISBN-13: 9781405135283

ISBN-10: 1405181486

ISBN-13: 9781405181488

A Concise significant other to Shakespeare and the Text introduces the early variants, modifying practices, and publishing background of Shakespeare’s performs and poems, and examines their impression on bibliographic reports as a whole.

  • The first single-volume e-book to supply an available and authoritative creation to Shakespearean bibliographic studies
  • Includes a precious creation, notes on Shakespeare’s texts, and an invaluable bibliography
  • Contributors characterize either major and rising students within the field
  • Represents an exceptional source for either scholars and faculty

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6–10) Here Jonson is repeating the common lament that members of the nobility were more interested in hunting and hawking than in reading, and it is their servants he expects to eye his overexposed texts, even if they are liable to stumble over the most difficult words. But what might Jonson’s clerk or trainee lawyer expect to pay for his book, assuming he could both find and read it? In 1598, the Court of Assistants of the Stationers’ Company issued an order limiting the price of new books. Books without illustrations should be sold for no more than a penny for two sheets if they were set in pica or English type, and no more than one penny for one-and-a-half sheets if they were set in the smaller brevier or long primer fonts.

But he did purchase Shake-speares Sonnets in 1609, the year of the book’s publication. And the first record that we have of Shakespeare as an author is Richard Stonley’s purchase of “Venus & Adhonay per Shakespeare” on July 12, 1594 (Nelson 2005). In another early record, Gabriel Harvey wrote in the margins of a book: “The younger sort takes much delight in Shakespeares Venus, & Adonis: but his Lucrece, & his tragedie of Hamlet, Prince of Denmarke, haue it in them, to please the wiser sort” (Nelson 2005: 54).

To my bookseller,” ll. 6–10) Here Jonson is repeating the common lament that members of the nobility were more interested in hunting and hawking than in reading, and it is their servants he expects to eye his overexposed texts, even if they are liable to stumble over the most difficult words. But what might Jonson’s clerk or trainee lawyer expect to pay for his book, assuming he could both find and read it? In 1598, the Court of Assistants of the Stationers’ Company issued an order limiting the price of new books.

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