By Andrew R. Murphy

ISBN-10: 140513528X

ISBN-13: 9781405135283

ISBN-10: 1444332058

ISBN-13: 9781444332056

A Concise significant other to Shakespeare and the textual content introduces the early versions, enhancing practices, and publishing historical past of Shakespeare’s performs and poems, and examines their impact on bibliographic reports as a complete.

  • The first single-volume ebook to supply an available and authoritative advent to Shakespearean bibliographic reports
  • Includes a priceless creation, notes on Shakespeare’s texts, and an invaluable bibliography
  • Contributors signify either prime and rising students within the box
  • Represents an unheard of source for either scholars and college

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Booksellers in provincial towns sometimes developed strong trading links with London printers, and commissioned texts themselves, stepping into the role of publisher. The London printer Anne Griffin, for example, was at the center of a purchasing and distribution network that covered much of the south of England. Griffin printed one edition of Niccolo Balbani’s The Italian Convert (1635) with variant issues sold by “H. Hammond of Salisbury,” “W. Browne of Dorchester,” “J. Cartwrit of Coventry,” “E.

Some gained financial or political rewards from dedications to a patron. Yet others distributed their books free of charge. This was especially the case for several church ministers who paid handsomely to spread the word of God to their parishioners in printed as well as spoken form. It was not only authors, however, who might look to the intercession of a patron for financial aid, for political support, or to secure some favor, privilege, or position. Stationers too sometimes developed clear links with a noble or aristocratic patron, who might, in turn, exercise some say in the nature and complexion of the texts emerging 23 Helen Smith from his or her client’s presses.

The trade as a whole was heavily dependent on reprints, and guaranteed sellers were as popular with stationers as they were with readers. Books which were protected by a privilege or patent, and were guaranteed to be in demand either because they were consistently popular (ABCs and almanacs), or because they were to be purchased for churches by order of the crown (certain Bibles, the Book of Common Prayer, and Fulke’s Rhemish Testament in later editions), might run to as many as 2,000 copies. Where books were not printed for profit, but for personal distribution to friends or patrons, numbers might be much lower.

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