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Re: Printers and Stationers in Early Modern Writing
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.2381  Monday, 9 December 2002

[1]     From:   Carol Barton <
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        Date:   Friday, 6 Dec 2002 09:52:42 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 13.2378 Re: Printers and Stationers in Early Modern
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[2]     From:   Andrew Murphy <
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        Date:   Friday, 6 Dec 2002 15:17:58 +0000
        Subj:   Re: SHK 13.2378 Re: Printers and Stationers in Early Modern
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From:           Carol Barton <
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Date:           Friday, 6 Dec 2002 09:52:42 -0500
Subject: 13.2378 Re: Printers and Stationers in Early Modern
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.2378 Re: Printers and Stationers in Early Modern
Writing

Larry Weiss asks if anyone has "found a 1590s stationer named
Greenfield?

>If such a person
>turns up, there would be a creditable alternative solution to the crux
>which Theobald emended to 'a babbl'd of green fields' (HenV,II.i.16-17
>[Riverside])."

A quick check of the Stationer's Register should solve that (unlikely)
mystery.

Carol Barton

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From:           Andrew Murphy <
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Date:           Friday, 6 Dec 2002 15:17:58 +0000
Subject: 13.2378 Re: Printers and Stationers in Early Modern
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.2378 Re: Printers and Stationers in Early Modern
Writing

As no one else has, I think, mentioned it, I thought it might be worth
while noting that -- as many people on this list will already know --
the printer mentioned in 2 _Parnassus_ is John Danter, who published
editions of _Titus_ and _R&J_ (the latter a 'bad' quarto).

Shakespeare himself had been much invoked in 1 _Parnassus_, as one of
the characters, Gullio, is given to quoting from the poet and from his
contemporaries, with or without acknowledgement. Ingenioso (probably
himself a figure for Thomas Nashe) says of him at one point, 'Marke,
Romeo and Iuliet: o monstrous theft, I thinke he will runn throughe a
whole booke of Samuell Daniells'.  Danter appears as a character in 2
Parnassus and he haggles with Ingenioso about the sale of a manuscript.
Ingenioso offers Danter a book which he tells him 'has much salt and
pepper in the nose: it will sell sheerely vnderhand, whenas these bookes
of exhortations and Cathechismes lie moulding on thy shopboard'. Danter
grudgingly offers Ingenioso 40 shillings for the book, together with an
'odde pottle of wine'.  However, when Ingenioso makes clear to Danter
that the book on offer constitutes 'A Chronicle of Cambrige Cuckolds',
Danter perks up and exclaims: 'Oh, this will sell gallantly. Ile haue it
whatsoeuer it cost'.

On 'Greenfield' -- Pope, of course, thought that he was likely a
supplier of furniture to the Globe. Hence, 'a table of Greenfield's'

Cheers,
Andrew

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