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

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

by Peter Beal
     
 

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

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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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ISBN-13:
9780198184713
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
12/10/1998
Series:
Lyell Lectures in Bibliography Series
Pages:
344
Product dimensions:
7.70(w) x 9.80(h) x 1.00(d)
Lexile:
1600L (what's this?)

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Table of Contents

List of plates
List of figures
List of abbreviations
1In praise of scribes1
2'It shall not therefore kill itself; that is, not bury itself': Donne's Biathanatos and its text31
3The Feathery Scribe58
4'Hoping they shall only come to your merciful eyes': Sidney's Letter to Queen Elizabeth and its transmission109
5'The virtuous Mrs Philips' and 'that whore Castlemaine': Orinda and her apotheosis, 1664-1668147
App. ISeventeenth-century characters of clerks and scriveners192
App. IIManuscripts by the Feathery Scribe211
App. IIICatalogue of papers in Ralph Starkey's study269
App. IVManuscript texts of Sidney's Letter to Queen Elizabeth274
App. VKatherine Philips's letter to Lady Fletcher281
App. VIJohn Taylor's verse satire on Katherine Philips282
Index of manuscripts cited285
Bibliography292
General index307

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