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A Looking Glasse for London
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.2167  Wednesday, 12 November 2003

From:           Holger Schott <
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Date:           Wednesday, 12 Nov 2003 00:42:22 -0500
Subject:        A Looking Glasse for London

Dear all,

I've just stumbled across an article by Charles Read Baskervill from
1932, describing the single surviving copy of Q4 of Lodge and Greene's
_A Looking Glasse for London and England_, which seems to have been used
as a prompt-book (or at any rate, to make William Long happier, as some
sort of playhouse text) -- it has numerous annotations in an early
17th-century hand. As far as I know, this document has not been
discussed anywhere else (with the exception of a piece on its printing
history by Laurie Maguire in _Studies in Bibliography_). Baskervill's
article is listed in the bibliography of Kastan and Cox's _New History_,
but not cited anywhere in the text as far as I can make out. At the same
time, this strikes me as a pretty exciting and important source -- to
the best of my knowledge, we don't really have anything like it anywhere
else. I haven't done an exhaustive search, but certainly neither the MLA
nor the WSB brought up anything. Do any of you know if anyone has worked
on this since the 1930s?

Best,
Holger

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