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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 heritage of Shakespeare’s performs and poems, and examines their effect on bibliographic reviews as a whole.

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

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Booksellers ranged from those possessing substantial commercial properties, at least two stories high, to street peddlers and mercuries (hawkers or distributors of pamphlets) like the “Termers and Cuntrie chapmen” described by Thomas Middleton in his preface to The Familie of Loue (1608). Unlike printing, bookselling was never confined to London. Itinerant peddlers would purchase stocks from the shops that lined London Bridge or Smithfield Market, close to the major routes out of London. Provincial booksellers could also replenish their stock at a series of major book fairs in cities and towns including Oxford, Salisbury, Bristol, Ely, Nottingham, Coventry, and Sturbridge, near Cambridge.

The publishing trades of early modern England relied upon such diverse industries as papermaking, metalwork, engraving and woodcut production, the fabric and clothing industries (the eventual source of the rags which made the paper), leatherwork, carpentry, and transport services. An attention to the material detail of the book does not only illuminate our understanding of literary production and ownership, of how and where books were bought and sold, and of the mechanics of printing. It also brings into focus, if just for a moment, the many and varied human transactions and relationships that underlie the act of publication, and the numerous labors that come together to make possible the existence of any circulating text.

Though English presses could not, as a rule, produce the quality or volume of Latin works that their customers demanded, English binders could still stitch and cover them. Despite this, many members of the nobility preferred to take or send their books back to the continent to have them bound by famous craftsmen, although the earl of Leicester showed his support for the domestic trade by employing only English binders to produce his simple brown calf bindings, stamped with his crest, the bear and ragged staff.

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