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The Texts of King Lear and their Origins

Volume 1. Nicholas Okes and the First Quarto


Part of New Cambridge Shakespeare Studies and Supplementary Texts

  • Date Published: November 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521044318

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  • This is a study of a seventeenth-century printer and one of the books that he printed. It is an attempt to solve the problem of the relationship between the Quarto and Folio texts of King Lear, and its main purpose is to establish the bibliographical facts which are essential to a proper investigation of the 1608 Quarto text. In order to provide a context in which to assess the significance of the printing process, Peter Blayney has had to study the first two years of Okes's career in some detail. He has also paid attention to the way in which Okes's work differed from that of his predecessors in the same printing house, while investigation of proof-sheets and printers' copy has led him to examine a number of Okes's later books. Although it is primarily concerned with the printing of a single book, the present volume can therefore claim independant status as a large-scale study of a Jacobean printing house.

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521044318
    • length: 764 pages
    • dimensions: 243 x 170 x 38 mm
    • weight: 1.207kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    List of tables and diagrams
    Conventions and abbreviations
    1. The printing house and its owners
    2. Printing-house methods
    3. Okes at work 1607–8
    4. The printing of King Lear
    5. The compositors
    6. Proof-reading, revising and press-correcting
    7. Proofsheets and miscorrections
    8. Printers' copy
    9. Epilogue: Okes's later career
    Index of STC numbers
    General index.

  • Author

    Peter W. M. Blayney

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