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By Andrew R. Murphy

ISBN-10: 140513528X

ISBN-13: 9781405135283

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ISBN-13: 9781405181488

A Concise significant other to Shakespeare and the Text introduces the early variants, enhancing practices, and publishing historical past of Shakespeare’s performs and poems, and examines their effect on bibliographic experiences as a whole.

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

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A further explanation for the growing numbers of books apparently issuing from the same number of presses may be that printing houses in the early part of our period were working at a lower proportion of their productive capacity than they were in later years. In 1582, the queen’s printer, Christopher Barker, complained that the 22 London printing houses in existence, home to 53 presses, were substantially too many for the market to bear, and that “8. or 10. at the most would suffise for all England, yea and Scotland too” (Arber 1967: I, 144).

And if somebody else, whether friend or thief, handed over that copy instead, the rights of the authors were similarly overridden; their only real redress was to attempt to persuade another publisher to issue a different, or corrected, edition. As George Wither, another consistent complainer, grumbled in The Schollers Purgatory (1624): “by the lawes of their Corporation, they [the Stationers’ Company] can and do setle vpon the particular members thereof p[e]rpetuall interest in such Bookes as are Registred by them at their Hall .

Once they had received the appropriate external authority and a license from the Stationers’ Company, printers and booksellers sometimes chose to record their proprietary rights in the Company Registers. As Peter Blayney has decisively shown, however, registration was not a legal requirement, nor was it insisted upon by the Company. It was simply the most convincing mechanism by which the stationer could establish ownership of a text or title, and the clearest safeguard against other publishers attempting to profit from the same, or a similar, work (Blayney 1997: 400–4).

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