By Andrew R. Murphy

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

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

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Some authors sold on their printed texts, most often the case if they ran a related business, teaching handwriting or languages, for example, or selling instruments, whether musical or nautical. 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.

Not only does Danter eventually up his price, declaring he will have Ingenioso’s “Chronicle 24 The Publishing Trade in Shakespeare’s Time of Cambridge Cuckolds” “whatsoever it cost,” it also seems that “40 shillings” was a colloquial term to describe any insignificant sum of money. In court records from the period, defendants or plaintiffs who describe themselves as being “worth little or nothing” will often estimate their wealth at 40 shillings. Somewhat paradoxically, the repeated invocation of this precise sum in complaints at stingy patrons, swipes at booksellers, and declarations of poverty serves to undermine its reliability as a historical source.

Only when bound could such ephemera survive. Sir John Harington amassed a collection of 135 printed plays. Most of these plays he bound up into 11 volumes, each volume containing between 9 and 13 plays. Several of these plays are by Shakespeare: The Merchant of Venice, 1 and 2 Henry IV, Henry V, Richard II, Richard III, Romeo and Juliet, The Taming of a Shrew (if we accept that as canonical), Much Ado About Nothing, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Merry Wives of Windsor, Henry VIII, Hamlet, King Lear, Pericles.

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