Discovering, Identifying and Editing Early Modern Manuscripts

English Manuscript Studies 1100-1700, Volume 18

Edited by Peter Beal

Discovering, Identifying and Editing Early Modern Manuscripts

Edited by Peter Beal

Distributed for British Library

272 pages | 25 halftones | 6 x 9 | © 2013
Cloth $75.00 ISBN: 9780712358934 Published February 2014 For sale in North and South America only
This latest volume in the British Library’s prestigious series on the history of the manuscript in English comprises ten articles on a diverse range of texts and authors, including the “Feathery Scribe,” Leicester’s Commonwealth, Sir Robert Cotton, Robert Herrick, the Earl of Rochester, and John Locke, as well as two recently discovered plays—The Destruction of Hierusalem and Feniza or The Ingeniouse Mayde. The main topics under discussion are authorship, scribes, provenance, transmission, new manuscript texts, and systematic analyses. The contributors are Peter Anstey, John Burrows, Ruth Connolly, Paul Davis, Nicholas Fisher, Paul Hammond, Christopher Howe, Robert Hume, Grace Ioppolo, Hilton Kelliher, Alan Nelson, and Heather Windram.

More manuscripts by the ‘Feathery Scribe’

Peter Beal


Who Didn’t Write Leicester’s Commonwealth? (Who Did?)

Alan H. Nelson


Humfrey Wanley, William Hanbury and the transfer of papers from the Cotton library to the Harley collection

Colin Tite


The Clitherow Manuscript of The Destruction of Hierusalem

Grace Ioppolo


Feniza or The Ingeniouse Mayde: a ‘lost’ Carolean comedy found—and a source for Shadwell’s The Amorous Bigotte

Robert D. Hume


‘Copies of letters from, and to the Earl of Rochester’: an unexpected assemblage commissioned by Edward Harley, second Earl of Oxford (1689-1741)

Nicholas Fisher


Rochester: anecdotes and ungathered texts

Hilton Kelliher


An unrecorded collection of Restoration scribal verse including three new Rochester manuscripts

Paul Davis


Some eighteenth-century texts and adaptations of Rochester in Leeds MS Lt 110

Paul Hammond


John Locke, Thomas Sydenham, and the ‘Smallpox Manuscripts’

John Burrows and Peter Anstey


Thinking ‘bibliographically’: Phylogenetic analyses and systems of manuscript circulation’

Heather F. Windram, Christopher J. Howe, and Ruth Connolly


English Manuscripts at Auction: January 2011-December 2012

A.S.G Edwards


Notes on Contributors

Index of Manuscripts

General Index

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