The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.1083  Wednesday, 4 June 2003

From:           John Briggs <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Tuesday, 3 Jun 2003 21:42:25 +0100
Subject:        Re: Missing Pages - Cornelius: Christopher Marlowe's Use of
the Bible

Thomas Larque wrote:

>Does anybody know whether these printing errors affected all copies of
>the book, or just the one in the University of London library?
>The missing pages are:  132-133, 136-137, 140-141, and 144-145.

I am unable to offer any help to Thomas Larque in his quest for the
missing pages, but I would urge him not to spurn other libraries (and in
particular the nearby British Library), for an elementary
bibliographical analysis would suggest that it is indeed likely that
only one copy is affected (or at least affected in the precise way he
describes).  That 8 pages are blank suggests that we are dealing with an
octavo volume.  The pagination of the book is given by the British
Library as xiii + 321 p.  336 pages would suggest 21 gatherings of 16
pages, so pages 131 to 146 would be the tenth sheet (let us call it
sheet K - but it is unlikely that there are any signatures visible).
The missing pages are therefore the inner forme of sheet K - two sheets
of paper have probably been picked up together by a mechanical feeder.
The book's size is given as 23cm, which is consistent with royal octavo.

John Briggs

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