In Praise of Scribes: Manuscripts and Their Makers in Seventeenth-Century England

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In Praise of Scribes is a major contribution to manuscript studies in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. With case studies ranging from anonymous scribes to Sir Philip Sidney, John Donne, and Katherine Philips, this profusely illustrated book shows what wide-ranging use can be made of material evidence, and helps to define the nature of manuscript culture in this period.

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Table of Contents

List of plates
List of figures
List of abbreviations
1 In praise of scribes 1
2 'It shall not therefore kill itself; that is, not bury itself': Donne's Biathanatos and its text 31
3 The Feathery Scribe 58
4 'Hoping they shall only come to your merciful eyes': Sidney's Letter to Queen Elizabeth and its transmission 109
5 'The virtuous Mrs Philips' and 'that whore Castlemaine': Orinda and her apotheosis, 1664-1668 147
App. I Seventeenth-century characters of clerks and scriveners 192
App. II Manuscripts by the Feathery Scribe 211
App. III Catalogue of papers in Ralph Starkey's study 269
App. IV Manuscript texts of Sidney's Letter to Queen Elizabeth 274
App. V Katherine Philips's letter to Lady Fletcher 281
App. VI John Taylor's verse satire on Katherine Philips 282
Index of manuscripts cited 285
Bibliography 292
General index 307
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