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Re: Titlepages
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 5, No. 0699.  Friday, 26 August 1994.
 
From:           W. L. Godshalk <
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Date:           Thursday, 25 Aug 1994 17:52:40 -0500 (EST)
Subject:        Titlepages
 
Peter Paolucci may be right in asserting that titlepages give us ambiguous
information -- if I may translate him into the "former language." But rather
than using this as a "theory," let's use it as an hypothesis to be tested
against material texts. Perhaps I have a perverse sense of what's interesting,
but I'd be fascinated to read a hard-core anaylsis of 16th and early 17th
century titlepages.
 
Renaissance authors (those who oversaw the printing of their books),
publishers, and printers must have had some concept of what goes into a "good"
titlepage. Or, more probably, they had more than one concept of what a good
titlepage should look like! What did they quarrel about when a titlepage was
being set?
 
Yours, Bill Godshalk
 

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