By Andrew R. Murphy
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A2v), while in the anonymous play The Second Part of the Return from Parnassus (c. 1601), the printer John Danter is seen explaining to Ingenioso (a figure for Thomas Nashe) that “good fayth, M. Ingenioso, I lost by your last booke; and you know there is many a one that pays me largely for the printing of their inventions, but for all this you shall have 40 shillings and an odde pottle of wine” (Leishman 1949: 247– 8). This evidence, however, is inconclusive. Not only does Danter eventually up his price, declaring he will have Ingenioso’s “Chronicle 24 The Publishing Trade in Shakespeare’s Time of Cambridge Cuckolds” “whatsoever it cost,” it also seems that “40 shillings” was a colloquial term to describe any insignificant sum of money.
The crown made a number of attempts to safeguard or create English jobs, particularly through repeated prohibitions on the importation of bound books, as well as limitations on the importation of paper. Though English presses could not, as a rule, produce the quality or volume of Latin works that their customers demanded, English binders could still stitch and cover them. Despite this, many members of the nobility preferred to take or send their books back to the continent to have them bound by famous craftsmen, although the earl of Leicester showed his support for the domestic trade by employing only English binders to produce his simple brown calf bindings, stamped with his crest, the bear and ragged staff.
The City of York had its own Company of Stationers and Booksellers, whose regulations were confirmed by the Corporation in 1554. Booksellers in provincial towns sometimes developed strong trading links with London printers, and commissioned texts themselves, stepping into the role of publisher. The London printer Anne Griffin, for example, was at the center of a purchasing and distribution network that covered much of the south of England. Griffin printed one edition of Niccolo Balbani’s The Italian Convert (1635) with variant issues sold by “H.
A Concise Companion to Shakespeare and the Text by Andrew R. Murphy