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Sir Philip Sidney and the Circulation of Manuscripts, 1558–1640$
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H. R. Woudhuysen

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780198129660

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198129660.001.0001

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(p.1) 1 Introduction
Sir Philip Sidney and the Circulation of Manuscripts, 1558–1640

H. K. Woudhuysen

Oxford University Press

This is a book about manuscripts; about the men and women who wrote, read, bought, sold, presented, and received them. It is also a book about paper, pen, and ink, and a book about those for whom writing by hand was a necessary and profitable part of their lives. Much of the writing described here took place at London, in the City and at court. This book began out of an interest in the text of Sir Philip Sidney's works, especially of his poems. The research for this book includes study of the production and circulation of manuscripts in England between the accession of Queen Elizabeth I and the eve of the Civil War. A comparative approach looking at manuscript publication throughout Europe during the Renaissance might provide clues for the student of English manuscripts.

Keywords:   English manuscripts, Sir Philip Sydney, William Ringler, Arcadia, Queen Elizabeth I, printing

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