Sir Philip Sidney and the Circulation of Manuscripts, 1558-1640 / Edition 1

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This is the first modern study of the production and circulation of manuscripts during the English Renaissance. Woudhuysen examines the relationship between manuscript and print, looks at people who lived by their pens, and surveys authorial and scribal manuscripts. In particular he examines Sir Philip Sydney's works, discussing all Sidney's important manuscripts, and seeking to assess his part in the circulation of his works and his role in the promotion of a scribal culture. A detailed examination of the manuscripts and early prints of his poems sheds new light on their composition, evolution, and dissemination, as well as on Sidney's friends and admirers.
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"Surely no serious scholar of early modern culture should be unaware of Woudhuysen's splendid achievement--one in which the printed book is victorious, but only because manuscripts are its chief concern."--English Language Notes

"Readers of H. R. Woudhuysen's regular contributions to the TLS (one of that fine paper's chief attractions) will welcome the appearance of this splendid work. So too should all students of early modern technological, intellectual, and political history....[He] writes with charm and clarity."--Sixteenth Century Journal

"The survey of Sidney's manuscripts is the most thorough to date."--Renaissance Quarterly

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198129660
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 5/28/1996
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 544
  • Product dimensions: 9.50 (w) x 6.50 (h) x 1.48 (d)

Meet the Author

University College, London
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Table of Contents

List of Plates
List of Figures
List of Tables
List of Abbreviations and Conventions
Introduction 1
I The Circulation of Manuscripts, 1558-1640 27
Producers 29
Authors' Manuscripts 88
Scholarly Interest 116
Some Types of Literary Manuscript 134
Manuscripts for Sale 174
II Sir Philip Sidney 205
From Script to Print 224
The Miscellanies 242
The Arcadia 299
Astrophil and Stella 356
Conclusion 385
App. 1. Descriptions of Manuscripts 393
App. 2. Texts from the Ottley Manuscript 413
App. 3. Greville's Letter of Walsingham 416
Index of Manuscripts Cited 423
Index of Individual Copies of Printed Books 434
Index of Beal, Crum, and Watermark Numbers 438
List of Works Cited 449
Index 487
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