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

  • The first single-volume booklet to supply an available and authoritative creation to Shakespearean bibliographic studies
  • Includes a valuable creation, notes on Shakespeare’s texts, and an invaluable bibliography
  • Contributors characterize either major and rising students within the field
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1601), the printer John Danter is seen explaining to Ingenioso (a figure for Thomas Nashe) that “good fayth, M. Ingenioso, I lost by your last booke; and you know there is many a one that pays me largely for the printing of their inventions, but for all this you shall have 40 shillings and an odde pottle of wine” (Leishman 1949: 247– 8). This evidence, however, is inconclusive. 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.

Where, in the first part of our period, some power might still lie with the printers, who had an intimate relationship with the means and mechanisms of production, by the end, it had largely shifted to those stationers who controlled what we would now describe as the intellectual property of the trade, as well as the flow of investment capital. As early as 1582, the queen’s printer Christopher Barker, who was, it must be noted, a somewhat biased observer, complained that booksellers were able to drive such fierce bargains that the printer made little if any profit on most editions.

In a flurry of printing activity, Wolfe appears to have infringed over half the printing privileges owned by members of the Company, or by courtiers who had received a patent from the queen allowing them the sole right to print certain classes of books. When questioned by officials of the Stationers’ Company in 1582, Wolfe justified his repeated infractions with the defiant answer that he printed “Because I will live,” and a search of his premises in the summer of 1583 revealed five presses, two “in a secret Vau[l]t” (Arber 1967: II, 780; I, 248).

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