Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 5, No. 0699. Friday, 26 August 1994.
From: W. L. Godshalk <
Date: Thursday, 25 Aug 1994 17:52:40 -0500 (EST)
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
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
Yours, Bill Godshalk