Seminar: Nashe and the Elizabethan Print Shop

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  • Start: Wed, 27 Apr 2022 16:00:00 BST
  • End: Wed, 27 Apr 2022 17:00:00 BST

“Thomas Nashe: Provenance Histories and Elizabethan Printshop Mysteries”

Joseph Black (University of Massachusetts Amherst)


The editors of the forthcoming Oxford UP Works of Thomas Nashe (1567-c.1601) examined, collated, and traced as far as possible the ownership histories of all surviving copies of books by or associated with Nashe published in his lifetime: 284 copies of 36 editions or issues of 20 titles, all published between 1589 and 1600. What did we learn in this survey, and what further questions can we ask of this substantial body of late Elizabethan literary publication? This talk begins by sketching some patterns in provenance history: who has owned these books, the potential roles of ownership history and ‘bound-together’ volumes on copy survival, their current locations. We will then look at examples of marginalia the project uncovered before concluding with some printshop puzzles revealed by full collation of six pseudonymous pamphlets this edition is attributing to Nashe. Commissioned to respond to the notorious Martin Marprelate tracts, these pamphlets (1589-90) illuminate printshops navigating on the fly the dangers of libel, recent rules that restricted printing from standing type, and an ambitious young author meddling energetically in the printing process.


Time: Apr 27, 2022 04:00 PM London


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