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By Andrew R. Murphy

A Concise significant other to Shakespeare and the textual content introduces the early versions, enhancing practices, and publishing heritage of Shakespeare’s performs and poems, and examines their impression on bibliographic reviews as an entire.

  • The first single-volume e-book to supply an available and authoritative advent to Shakespearean bibliographic reports
  • Includes a valuable advent, notes on Shakespeare’s texts, and an invaluable bibliography
  • Contributors symbolize either top and rising students within the box
  • Represents an extraordinary source for either scholars and college

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These prices can be placed in some kind of context if it is remembered that £5 or £6 (somewhere between 200 29 Helen Smith and 240 quarto playbooks) was a typical annual income for many in the period. Readers could buy their books from a broad range of outlets. The center of the London, and indeed the national, book trade was St Paul’s Churchyard, described by Thomas Nashe as “the peruser of euerie mans works and Exchange of all Authors” (1592, sig. D3r). Other important sites for the early book trade included the area around Westminster Hall, the main concourse leading from Cheapside to Cornhill, and the notorious areas of Little Britain and Smithfield, associated with the production and sale of ballads and other forms of cheap print.

If the first edition did sell out, establishing a demand for the book, the publisher might risk a larger second edition, particularly as the overheads for copy and licensing were already covered. 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.

Editions) together with a 1600 copy of Thomas Middleton’s The Ghost of Lucrece and a 1595 copy of Emaricdulfe. C. 2 It was only through a few such bound miscellanies that most of the few surviving copies of the poems were preserved. If Shakespeare’s poems, his most popular publications, were largely read to death, the same is true of his plays, given their unbound format. ” It is, after all, materially true. The Folger Library alone has more than 80 copies of the First Folio. Not surprisingly, given how many copies survive, the First 40 Reading and Authorship Folio (and the millions of copies of the “works” that have succeeded it) conditions how we think about Shakespeare as an author.

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