The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.2061  Monday, 27 August 2001

From:           Richard Welsh <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Friday, 24 Aug 2001 21:52:12 -0400
Subject:        Looking for References

I am new to the list, so please forgive me if this request is too
tedious, too obvious, or already addressed in one aspect or another.
What I seek is citation of any relatively recent scholarly (or at least
reasonably reliable) biographies and bibliographies, on a list of
persons; and any studies or bibliographies on two particular topics; and
one further item. The persons:

William Browne, the poet
George Wither
John Davies of Hereford
Sir Dudley Digges, brother Leonard, and the family generally
Sir Thomas Smythe (East India Company, Virginia Company, etc.)
Henry Stuart, Prince of Wales *
William Herbert, 3rd Earl of Pembroke *
Henry Wriothesley, 3rd Southampton
Henry Percy, 9th Northumberland
George Chapman
John Bull, the composer and musician *
Silvester Jourdan, author of the "Sea Venture" pamphlet, and
Ignatius Jourdan, Exeter Puritan, his possible brother

* On the noted items, I'm looking for sources other than these, with
which I am already familiar:

Brennan's "Literary Patronage in the English Renaissance" (Herbert)
Strong's "Henry, Prince of Wales and England's Lost Renaissance" Henry's
"John Bull" (1937)

The topics:

Satire, over the period (roughly), 1580s-1630s, in all forms (drama,
poetry, other literature): its course of development over this time,
criticism in the large and small, and especially,  its political and
social context--suppression, for example; and,

History of early period of merchant and exploration companies, up to
about the 1630s: East India, Virginia, Muscovy, Northwest Passage,
especially though not exclusively..

My final question is, does anyone know of any lists, catalogs, or
directories of sixteenth and seventeenth publications available in
facsimile or reprint editions? I realize there are huge numbers of such
items out there, including the burgeoning internet variety, and of
course I can look up particular titles, but has anyone put together even
partial overviews or indexes of what has been published? They need not
be currently in print. I tried, for example, to get a listing of what
was apparently a series put out by Da Capo Press, called "The English
Experience, Its Record in Early Printed Books Published in Facsimile"
(published in the 1970s, inter alia); but that former publisher's
current avatar disclaims all knowledge.

My thanks to each and all who can help.

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