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Re: Endings of Titus Andronicus
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.0380  Wednesday, 26 February 2003

From:           William Proctor Williams <
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Date:           Tuesday, 25 Feb 2003 12:13:03 -0500
Subject: 14.0361 Re: Endings of Titus Andronicus
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.0361 Re: Endings of Titus Andronicus

Richard Burt has turned my "there is almost no evidence that the text of
a play quarto mattered a great deal to 16th- and 17th-century printers.
.  . [and] very little evidence that most Stationers of the Early Modern
period were very much concerned with such matters" into his "there is
almost 'no evidence' of how they [Elizabethan printers] worked"  In
fact, we know a good deal about how these printers worked, what they
printed, and where surviving copies are located.  Much of this
information is to be found in introductions to critical editions, in the
STC and ESTC and their attendant research tools, in Greg's Bibliography,
and in numerous articles and books of analytical and descriptive
bibliography, book trade history, and the like.  Perhaps I should have
said, "of the extensive evidence we have of the history of the Early
English book trade there is no indication that a play quarto mattered a
great deal to a 16th- or early 17th-century printer."  If Richard Burt
is truly interested in investigating the Q1 and Q2 endings of Tit. then
a survey of the existing evidence might be a good way to begin.

William Proctor Williams

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