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A Looking Glasse for London
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.2175  Thursday, 13 November 2003

[1]     From:   Michael McClintock <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 12 Nov 2003 12:39:31 -0500 (EST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 14.2167 A Looking Glasse for London

[2]     From:   Nicholas Ranson <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 12 Nov 2003 18:45:35 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 14.2167 A Looking Glasse for London

[3]     From:   David Kathman <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 12 Nov 2003 23:44:41 -0600
        Subj:   Re: SHK 14.2167 A Looking Glasse for London


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From:           Michael McClintock <
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Date:           Wednesday, 12 Nov 2003 12:39:31 -0500 (EST)
Subject: 14.2167 A Looking Glasse for London
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.2167 A Looking Glasse for London

There is a brief discussion and a full listing of the markings in the
fourth quarto of Looking Glasse for London in the Malone Society edition
of the play (1932), xxviii-xxxiii. This edition also includes 3
facsimile pages from the quarto.

Michael McClintock
McKendree College

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From:           Nicholas Ranson <
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Date:           Wednesday, 12 Nov 2003 18:45:35 -0500
Subject: 14.2167 A Looking Glasse for London
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.2167 A Looking Glasse for London

Both Hayashi (1970) and Clugston (1980) have editions of a Looking
Glasse. J. S. Dean's Bibliography of Greene material is still a good
source.

Cheers,
Nick Ranson.

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From:           David Kathman <
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Date:           Wednesday, 12 Nov 2003 23:44:41 -0600
Subject: 14.2167 A Looking Glasse for London
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.2167 A Looking Glasse for London

Holger Scott wrote:

>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?

W. W. Greg discussed this copy and the annotations on pp. xxviii-xxxiii
of his 1932 Malone Society reprint of Q1 of the play, and he also
described it on pp. 199-200 of vol. 1 of A Bibliography of the English
Printed Drama to the Restoration (1939), citing Baskervill's article and
his own edition of Q1.  There had earlier been a Tudor Fascimile Texts
edition of Q2 of A Looking Glasse published in 1914 by John Farmer, but
I don't believe he knew about the annotated copy of Q4.

There have been two modern editions of the play: one edited by Tetsumaro
Hayashi and published in 1970 by Scarecrow Press (an abridgement of a
Kent State University thesis), and one edited by George Alan Clugston
and published in 1980 by Garland (a straight reprint of a University of
Michigan thesis).  I don't have either of these volumes at hand, so I
can't report exactly what they say about the annotated Q4 of the play,
but I'm guessing they must at least mention it.

The reference to Baskervill's article in Cox and Kastan's New History is
on pp. 495-6, in note 4 of Paul Werstine's article on "Plays in
Manuscript".  Werstine's note also mentions the two other known quartos
with manuscript theatrical annotations: the British Library copy of
Edward Sharpham's The Fleire (1607), discussed by Clifford Leech in
Review of English Studies 11 (1935), 70-74, and by C. G.  Peter in his
1986 edition of Sharpham, published by Garland; and the Folger copy of
The Two Merry Milke-Maids (1620), discussed by Leslie Thomson in "A
Quarto 'Marked for Performance': Evidence of What?", Medieval and
Renaissance Drama in England 8 (1996), 176-210.  William Long noted the
annotated Looking Glasse and Two Merry Milke-Maids quartos (but not the
Fleire one) in "Bookkeepers and Playhouse Manuscripts: A Peek at the
Evidence", Shakespeare Newsletter 44 (1994), 3.

Dave Kathman

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