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The Library : The Transactions of the Bibliographical Society
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ISSN (Print) 0024-2160 - ISSN (Online) 1744-8581
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  • From Restorer to Editor: The Evolution of Lewis Theobald's Textual
           Critical Practice
    • Authors: Watson C.
      Pages: 147 - 171
      Abstract: AbstractLewis Theobald made his name as a Shakespearean textual critic in 1726 with Shakespeare Restored, but it was not until 1733 that his edition of Shakespeare’s plays was published. This article traces Theobald’s development as a Shakespearean scholar and editor during this period. Drawing on his surviving correspondence with William Warburton and on an extant portion of the printer’s copy for his edition, the article shows how Theobald continued his work on Shakespeare’s text after 1726 and how he used the materials he amassed to prepare his edition. This leads to a reassessment of Theobald’s treatment of his copy text, Alexander Pope’s edition of the plays. An analysis of Theobald’s editing of King Lear makes clear that, far from rejecting Pope’s conjectures and improvements, Theobald chose to appropriate many of them as part of his mission to produce a more intelligible text of Shakespeare.
      PubDate: Tue, 18 Jun 2019 00:00:00 GMT
      DOI: 10.1093/library/20.2.147
      Issue No: Vol. 20, No. 2 (2019)
       
  • Crossing the North Sea for Books. An Overview of the Scottish Book Trade
           with the Officina Plantiniana between 1555 and 1589
    • Authors: Van Loon Z.
      Pages: 172 - 204
      Abstract: AbstractThe Officina Plantiniana is known to have had an international scope in the sixteenth century, selling books to different European regions, including Scotland. This article uses the records of the Plantin–Moretus archives to show that forty Scotsmen approached the Officina between 1555 and 1589. It focuses on both booksellers and merchants, as well as private clients. While it identifies them and their and place in Scottish society, it also concentrates on when they traded with the printing office of Plantin, in light of the early-modern political and religious context. Additionally, this paper briefly explores to what extent Plantin met with the Scottish demand for scholarly books. This case study therefore not only examines the role Plantin had in the Latin Trade with Scotland, but also considers the way this trade came under the influence of sixteenth-century confessionalization.
      PubDate: Tue, 18 Jun 2019 00:00:00 GMT
      DOI: 10.1093/library/20.2.172
      Issue No: Vol. 20, No. 2 (2019)
       
  • Marcus Meibomius and his Manuscripts
    • Authors: Lintott R.
      Pages: 205 - 215
      Abstract: AbstractThis essay considers the collections of books and manuscripts belonging to the antiquary and librarian Marcus Meibomius (1621–1710) through records relating to three separate auctions of these volumes. Using Johann Heinrich May’s 1720 catalogue of Zacharias Conrad von Uffenbach’s manuscripts, it reconstructs aspects of the 1711 posthumous sale of Meibomius’s library. It examines in particular Meibomius’s interaction with one of his Latin manuscripts, now in Wolfenbüttel, providing new evidence for part of his stay in England in the 1670s, and for the early-modern circulation of the text of the Defloratio naturalis historiae Plinii Secundi, with particular regard to Edward Bernard’s catalogue and to the library of Queen Christina of Sweden. It also addresses the ‘core of his library’, finally sold by his daughter in 1752, and considers the biographical insights provided by the volumes in this collection, against the efforts Meibomius undertook to win renown as a scholar.
      PubDate: Tue, 18 Jun 2019 00:00:00 GMT
      DOI: 10.1093/library/20.2.205
      Issue No: Vol. 20, No. 2 (2019)
       
  • Bibliographical Principles and George Eld's Quarto of Shakespeare's
           Sonnets
    • Authors: Jackson M.
      Pages: 216 - 223
      Abstract: AbstractIn an article published in The Library in 1975, MacD. P. Jackson sought to demonstrate that George Eld’s Quarto (1609) of Shakespeare’s Sonnets was set by two compositors, who punctuated the text in strikingly different ways. Although this finding has been endorsed by most editors, Carl D. Atkins asserted in 2007 that it is ‘not supportable by the bibliographical facts’, and the competing views have been recorded, in a non-committal manner, by Francis X. Connor in The New Oxford Shakespeare (2017). The present note outlines the evidence supporting the original conclusion, appraises Atkins’s counter-arguments, and shows that some of Atkins’s data undermine his own case. Bibliographical principles governing compositor determination are discussed. It is acknowledged that editors preparing old-spelling texts should retain the Quarto’s punctuation wherever it is not plainly erroneous by the liberal conventions of its time. But much of it cannot be Shakespeare’s.
      PubDate: Tue, 18 Jun 2019 00:00:00 GMT
      DOI: 10.1093/library/20.2.216
      Issue No: Vol. 20, No. 2 (2019)
       
  • The Place of MS Sloane 3703 Among Early- Modern English Translations of
           the French Paraphrase of Splendor solis
    • Authors: Bienias B.
      Pages: 224 - 229
      Abstract: AbstractThis note identifies a hitherto anonymous astrological treatise—MS Sloane 3703 in the British Library—as one of the early-modern English translations of La Toyson d’Or (1612). The paper also investigates the correlation between MS Sloane 3703 and other known early-modern English versions of this text, found both in the Sloane collection and the Ashmole collection of the Bodleian Library in Oxford. The note is focused on the figure of William Backhouse (1593–1662), Elias Ashmole’s ‘spiritual father’, in the context of his potential authorship of the translation done in Sloane 3703. The emphasis is put on the similarities and differences between the known translations of La Toyson d’Or and Sloane 3703, shedding some new light on the connections between the Sloane and Ashmole collections, something worthy of further attention.
      PubDate: Tue, 18 Jun 2019 00:00:00 GMT
      DOI: 10.1093/library/20.2.224
      Issue No: Vol. 20, No. 2 (2019)
       
  • If it Looks like a Register …
    • Authors: Blayney P.
      Pages: 230 - 242
      Abstract: Lost Books and Printing in London, 1557–1640: An Analysis of the Stationers’ Company Register. By ALexandra HIll. (Library of the Written Word, 68; The Handpress World, 52.) Leiden and Boston: Brill. 2018. ix + 224 pp. + 7 pp. colour plates. €130. isbn 978 90 04 34919 3 (hardback); 978 90 04 34920 9 (e-book).
      PubDate: Tue, 18 Jun 2019 00:00:00 GMT
      DOI: 10.1093/library/20.2.230
      Issue No: Vol. 20, No. 2 (2019)
       
  • Texts in Transit: Manuscript to Proof and Print in the Fifteenth Century.
           By Lotte Hellinga
    • Authors: Davies M.
      Pages: 243 - 246
      Abstract: Texts in Transit: Manuscript to Proof and Print in the Fifteenth Century. By LotteHellinga. (Library of the Written Word, 38; The Handpress World, 29.) Leiden: Brill. 2014. xiv + 452 pp. €167. isbn978 90 04 27716 8 (hardback); 978 90 04 27900 1 (e-book).
      PubDate: Tue, 18 Jun 2019 00:00:00 GMT
      DOI: 10.1093/library/20.2.243
      Issue No: Vol. 20, No. 2 (2019)
       
  • Per Cristoforo Landino lettore di Dante. Il contesto civile e culturale,
           la storia tipografica e la fortuna del Comento sopra la Comedia. Atti del
           convegno internazionale, Firenze, 7–8 novembre 2014. Ed. by Lorenz
           Böninger and Paolo Procaccioli
    • Authors: Harris N.
      Pages: 246 - 248
      Abstract: Per Cristoforo Landino lettore di Dante. Il contesto civile e culturale, la storia tipografica e la fortuna del Comento sopra la Comedia. Atti del convegno internazionale, Firenze, 7–8 novembre 2014. Ed. by LorenzBöningerProcaccioliPaolo. (Società Dantesca Italiana. Quaderno, 9.) Florence: Le Lettere. 2016. 219 pp. €28. isbn978 88 6087 975 2.
      PubDate: Tue, 18 Jun 2019 00:00:00 GMT
      DOI: 10.1093/library/20.2.246
      Issue No: Vol. 20, No. 2 (2019)
       
  • L’impresa tipografica di Battista Farfengo a Brescia: fra cultura
           umanistica ed editoriapopolare (1489–1500). By Giancarlo Petrella
    • Authors: Rhodes D.
      Pages: 248 - 250
      Abstract: L’impresa tipografica di Battista Farfengo a Brescia: fra cultura umanistica ed editoria popolare (1489-1500). By PetrellaGiancarlo. (Biblioteca di Bibliografia Italiana, 208.) Florence: Leo s. olschki Editore. 2018. xxxi + 507 pp. €50. isbn978 88 222 6607 1.
      PubDate: Tue, 18 Jun 2019 00:00:00 GMT
      DOI: 10.1093/library/20.2.248
      Issue No: Vol. 20, No. 2 (2019)
       
  • Books and Bookmen in Early Modern Britain: Essays Presented to James P.
           Carley. Ed. by James Willoughby and Jeremy Catto
    • Authors: McKitterick D.
      Pages: 250 - 251
      Abstract: Books and Bookmen in Early Modern Britain: Essays Presented to James P. Carley. Ed. by WilloughbyJames and CattoJeremy. Toronto: Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval studies. 2018. 449 pp. CAN$95. isbn978 0 88844 830 9.
      PubDate: Tue, 18 Jun 2019 00:00:00 GMT
      DOI: 10.1093/library/20.2.250
      Issue No: Vol. 20, No. 2 (2019)
       
  • Elizabethan Publishing and the Makings of Literary Culture. By Kirk
           Melnikoff
    • Authors: Atkin T.
      Pages: 252 - 254
      Abstract: Elizabethan Publishing and the Makings of Literary Culture. By MelnikoffKirk. Toronto: University of Toronto Press. 2018. xii + 291 pp. $70. isbn978 1 4875 0223 2.
      PubDate: Tue, 18 Jun 2019 00:00:00 GMT
      DOI: 10.1093/library/20.2.252
      Issue No: Vol. 20, No. 2 (2019)
       
  • The Bookshop of the World: Making and Trading Books in the Dutch Golden
           Age. ByAndrew Pettegree and Arthur der Weduwen
    • Authors: Harskamp J.
      Pages: 254 - 256
      Abstract: The Bookshop of the World: Making and Trading Books in the Dutch Golden Age. By PettegreeAndrew and Der WeduwenArthur. New Haven and London: Yale University Press. 2019. v + 485 pp. $35. isbn978 0 300 23007 9.
      PubDate: Tue, 18 Jun 2019 00:00:00 GMT
      DOI: 10.1093/library/20.2.254
      Issue No: Vol. 20, No. 2 (2019)
       
  • Book Collecting in Ireland and Britain, 1650–1850. ed. by
           Elizabethanne Boran
    • Authors: Barnard T.
      Pages: 256 - 257
      Abstract: Book Collecting in Ireland and Britain, 1650–1850. Ed. by BoranElizabethanne. Dublin: Four Courts Press, for the Rare Books Group of the Library Association of Ireland and the Trustees of the Edward Worth Library. 2018. xiii + 255 pp. + 16 pp. colour plates. £45. isbn978 1 84682 737 2.
      PubDate: Tue, 18 Jun 2019 00:00:00 GMT
      DOI: 10.1093/library/20.2.256
      Issue No: Vol. 20, No. 2 (2019)
       
  • Irish Reading Societies and Circulating Libraries Founded before 1825:
           Useful Knowledge and Agreeable Entertainment. By K. A. Manley
    • Authors: Fox P.
      Pages: 258 - 259
      Abstract: Irish Reading Societies and Circulating Libraries Founded before 1825: Useful Knowledge and Agreeable Entertainment. By ManleyK. A.. Dublin: Four Courts Press. 2018. 248 pp. £55. isbn978 1 84682 717 4.
      PubDate: Tue, 18 Jun 2019 00:00:00 GMT
      DOI: 10.1093/library/20.2.258
      Issue No: Vol. 20, No. 2 (2019)
       
  • Edmund Spenser and the Eighteenth-Century Book. By Hazel Wilkinson
    • Authors: Sugimura N.
      Pages: 259 - 261
      Abstract: Edmund Spenser and the Eighteenth-Century Book. By WilkinsonHazel. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 2017. xiii + 263 pp. £75. isbn978 1 107 19955 2.
      PubDate: Tue, 18 Jun 2019 00:00:00 GMT
      DOI: 10.1093/library/20.2.259
      Issue No: Vol. 20, No. 2 (2019)
       
  • Street Literature of the Long Nineteenth Century: Producers, Sellers,
           Consumers. ed. by David Atkinson and Steve Roud
    • Authors: Hinks J.
      Pages: 261 - 263
      Abstract: Street Literature of the Long Nineteenth Century: Producers, Sellers, Consumers. Ed. by AtkinsonDavid and RoudSteve. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. 2017. xix + 373 pp. £64.99. isbn978 1 4438 9499 9.
      PubDate: Tue, 18 Jun 2019 00:00:00 GMT
      DOI: 10.1093/library/20.2.261
      Issue No: Vol. 20, No. 2 (2019)
       
  • Recent Books
    • Authors: McKitterick D; Nash P, Flood J, et al.
      Pages: 264 - 268
      Abstract: Common Heritage: Documents and Sources Relating to German-British Relations in the Archives and Collections of Windsor and Coburg. Vol. 2: The Photograph Collections and Private Libraries. Ed. by Franz Bosbach, John R. Davis, and Karina Urbach; comp. by Oliver Walton, based on preliminary work by Sonja Schultheiss-Heinz. (Prinz-Albert-Forschungen / Prince Albert Research Publications, 7/2.) Berlin: Duncker & Humblot. 2018. 799 pp. €161.90. isbn 978 3 428 15190 5 (hardback); 978 3 428 55190 3 (ebook). The first volume in this series was devoted to documents in the Royal Archives and at coburg concerning Anglo-German relations. This one takes us to the libraries and photograph collections—at coburg (home of Prince Albert) and several in Britain. The history of the British libraries has long been confused, beginning with the incorrect assumption that George IV gave all his father’s books to the nation. In fact, some remain at Windsor. Later on, Queen Victoria and the Prince consort, in their separate apartments, gathered their own, also separate, libraries. This project is concerned with Britain and Germany, and thus focuses only on those parts of the various nineteenth-century libraries having some relation to the matter, whether literature, politics, travel, or the fine arts. The result is naturally imbalanced, but it gives a good idea of the breadth of reading that was expected, anticipated, or perhaps accomplished. The Queen’s private library in 1843 emerges as distinctly modest in its German holdings, with fewer than 150 titles. Prince Albert’s, fruit of determination to accustom himself to his new country and language, and reflecting an extraordinary range of interests, was a distinct contrast: over 600 in the 1843 catalogue, and almost 4,000 in about i860. ‘About’ is an important word, for there are books in this list at least as late as 1880, long after Albert’s death. These libraries were mostly dispersed among the royal palaces in the twentieth century, and their virtual reassembly in this volume is the result of a great deal of teamwork. It is a reminder of the complications lying behind the easy phrase ‘the royal library’, where there are several and where, naturally enough, books moved round buildings, towns, and family relatives.The first part of the volume contains a catalogue of part of the immense photograph collection in England and coburg. Both Victoria and Albert were eager in the new medium: Albert’s first experience of being photographed was in 1842 when he sat (unsuccessfully) to a photographer who had recently established himself in Brighton. In albums, cartes de visite, studio portraits, and landscapes, some bought and some commissioned, they assembled a collection that deserves much wider study.
      PubDate: Tue, 18 Jun 2019 00:00:00 GMT
      DOI: 10.1093/library/20.2.264
      Issue No: Vol. 20, No. 2 (2019)
       
  • Recent Periodicals
    • Authors: Laurie R; Flood J.
      Pages: 269 - 281
      Abstract: Analecta Hibernica, 49 (2018) Includes: Conleth Loonan, ‘Aqua lunaris and Oleum solis: A Copy of a Manuscript by Richard Stanihurst’.
      PubDate: Tue, 18 Jun 2019 00:00:00 GMT
      DOI: 10.1093/library/20.2.269
      Issue No: Vol. 20, No. 2 (2019)
       
  • Books Received
    • Pages: 282 - 282
      Abstract: Bas Martín, Nicolás, Spanish Books in the Europe of the Enlightenment (Paris and London): A View from Abroad, transl. by Andy Birch, Library of the Written Word, 64; The Handpress World, 49 (Leiden: Brill 2018). isbn 978 90 04 34310 8.
      PubDate: Tue, 18 Jun 2019 00:00:00 GMT
      DOI: 10.1093/library/20.2.282
      Issue No: Vol. 20, No. 2 (2019)
       
  • Notes on Contributors
    • Pages: 283 - 304
      Abstract: Carly Watson is Departmental Lecturer in Bibliography and Textual Criticism at the University of Oxford.
      PubDate: Tue, 18 Jun 2019 00:00:00 GMT
      DOI: 10.1093/library/20.2.283
      Issue No: Vol. 20, No. 2 (2019)
       
  • The Bibliographical Society
    • Pages: 305 - 310
      Abstract: Membership. Enquiries as to Membership (except as below) should be directed to Karen Limper-Herz, Hon. Secretary, The Bibliographical Society, c/o Institute of English Studies, Room 304, Senate House, Malet Street, London wcie 7hu.
      PubDate: Tue, 18 Jun 2019 00:00:00 GMT
      DOI: 10.1093/library/20.2.305
      Issue No: Vol. 20, No. 2 (2019)
       
 
 
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