Philobiblon: A question for the early modernists

Monday, February 27, 2006

A question for the early modernists

Does anyone know of a book/article with a list of initials used by pamphlet writers in late Elizabethan/early Jacobean London? I'm looking for an S.P. in 1594, and it is hard to know where to start!


Blogger clanger said...

The Dictionary of Anonymous and Pseudonymous English literature by Samuel Halkett and John Laing. 3rd revised and enlarged edition of the 1475-1640 part. Edited by John Horden. Harlow: Longman, 1980.

Usually STC (The 'Short-Title Catalogue of English Books, 1475-1640') has as much information as you are going to get without some doctoral-level research. Go through the S's for all possible P..., S... authors. Check the appendix and vol. 3.

Other sources are the Stationers' Registers, but any data from here would be included in the appropriate STC entry. [Arber, Edward, ed. A Transcript of the Registers of the Company of Stationers of London, 1554-1640. 5 vols. London: 1875-77.]

Unless of course, there is an 'S.P.' authored title in the SR, that no longer exists.

Re: 'An epitaph of the vertuous life and death of the right worshipfull ladie, Dame Helen Branch of London widow' L: Creede, 1594. STC 19078.4. The Huntington copy was purchased at the Britwell sale, 31 March 1924:89. The BL should have a copy of the auction catalogue, probably annotated. It may have additional notes, as may the record of the sale in the relevant copy of 'Book Prices Current'. You could also ask if the BL's copy of the STC has any annotations.

If it is the only publication of an author, it will be a needle in a haystack job. Some texts published with initials do have the author noted on them in ms., but the Huntington catalogue entry online doesn't note any such inscription.

The indexes to the periodical 'Notes & Queries' may help. Some of these may be online.

Your best bet may be to do a theses search/research search, and simply ask someone who has worked, or is working on this.

2/27/2006 09:13:00 pm  
Blogger Natalie Bennett said...

As ever clanger, you are a total star. I'll report on how I get on ...

2/28/2006 12:00:00 am  

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