By Andrew R. Murphy
A Concise spouse to Shakespeare and the Text introduces the early variations, enhancing practices, and publishing heritage of Shakespeare’s performs and poems, and examines their effect on bibliographic stories as a whole.
- The first single-volume publication to supply an obtainable and authoritative advent to Shakespearean bibliographic studies
- Includes a priceless advent, notes on Shakespeare’s texts, and an invaluable bibliography
- Contributors symbolize either prime and rising students within the field
- Represents an unprecedented source for either scholars and faculty
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The 97 founding members of the Stationers’ Company, those who set many of its regulations in place, were, for the most part, printerpublishers, following in the tradition established by William Caxton, the first English printer. Even at the moment of the Company’s incorporation, however, the organization of the trade was shifting into new and distinct forms, as the physical labor of printing became separated from the business of finding new texts and financing their production. Slowly the balance of power in the trade moved from those who manufactured books to those who paid for them and held the rights to the copy that was reproduced.
Scotland, governed by its own laws, gained its first press in Edinburgh in 1508, and printing houses in St Andrews and Glasgow followed in the second half of the sixteenth century. The first press in Dublin began to operate in 1551. In England, however, with the exception of Norwich, where Anthony de Solemne operated a printing press from 1568 to 1580, catering to the needs of the Flemish, Dutch, and Walloon “strangers” who made up approximately 40 percent of the city’s population, there were no presses outside London until, despite the bitter opposition of the Stationers’ Company, a printing house was established in Cambridge in 1583, with another following in Oxford two years later.
New editions were printed in 1594, 1595, 1596, and two new editions in 1599. Four new editions of Venus and Adonis were published according to their titlepages in 1602 for the bookseller William Leake, who owned the copy, but only one of those editions was definitely printed by him. The other three editions were probably printed by Robert Raworth in about 1607, Henry Lownes in about 1608, and an unknown printer in about 1610. Robert Raworth, the printer of the c. 1607 edition, had no right to the copy.
A Concise Companion to Shakespeare and the Text (Concise Companions to Literature and Culture) by Andrew R. Murphy