In the Prayse of Writing

Early Modern Manuscript Studies

Edited by S. P. Cerasano and Steven W. May

In the Prayse of Writing

Edited by S. P. Cerasano and Steven W. May

Distributed for British Library

328 pages | 50 halftones | 6 x 9 | © 2012
Cloth $85.00 ISBN: 9780712358576 Published November 2012 For sale in North and South America only

This stimulating volume brings together a team of highly regarded specialists to pay tribute to Dr. Peter Beal, the founding editor of English Manuscript Studies 1100–1700 and creator of Catalogue of English Literary Manuscripts 1450–­1700. Contributions promote the study of the primary sources of early modern English literature, and in doing so reveal new insights into the works of Sir Philip Sidney, John Milton, and other major writers of this major but largely underappreciated area of English literary culture.

The Publications of Peter Beal
Notes on Contributors

The English Verse of Robert Fabyan
      Julia Boffey
Print and Manuscript: The Text and Canon of Surrey’s Lyric Verse
      A. S. G. Edwards
Sir Philip Sidney’s Astrophil and Stella Abbreviated: A Note on Rowland Woodward
      H. R. Woudhuysen
‘Like droppes of colde water caste into the flame’: Lord Henry Howard’s notes on the fall of the Earl of Essex
      Paul E. J. Hammer
Poetry and Poets in John Lane’s ‘The corrected Historie of Gwy Earle of Warwick’ (1621)
      Katherine Duncan-Jones
Margaret, Countess of Cumberland’s Prayse of Private Life, Presented by Samuel Daniel
      John Pitcher
Creating the First Early Modern English Theatre History Archive: Edward Alleyn, William Cartwright and British Library Egerton MS 1994
      Grace Ioppolo
‘Neatly sealed, with silk, and Spanish wax or otherwise’: the practice of letter-locking with silk floss in early modern England
      Heather Wolfe
Samuel Watts’s Anthology
      Steven W. May
Of Minstrels, Mastiffs, and Mole-catchers: Collier’s Gathering of Theatrical Papers
      S. P. Cerasano
Rare or Unique Poems in British Library Sloane MS 1446
      Arthur F. Marotti
Foreign Piracies of the First Defence: A New Letter to Milton
      Hilton Kelliher
The Exemplary Wife: Anna Cromwell Williams's Book of Secrets
      Margaret J. M. Ezell
Manuscripts from the 1682 Sale of Richard Smith’s Library
      Alan H. Nelson

General Index
Index of Manuscripts
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