About this Book
Holinshed's Chronicles contains one of the few accounts of Elizabeth's reign written during her lifetime. A contemporary history, it was subjected to censorship by the Privy Council. This facsimile edition, a compilation based on this portion of the Chronicles in copies in the Huntington's collection as well as the British Library and Cambridge University Library, documents the censorship and demonstrates that it occurred in three stages.
The Chronicles, a scrupulously produced monument to Elizabeth, is also a rich source for the study of printing practices. The base text chosen by the editors, an unusual copy in the Huntington Library, contains the largest sample of proofmarkings that survive from the sixteenth century. The proofmarkings are examined in light of contemporary printing-house practices and in relation to other copies of the work in libraries around the world.
Read an excerpt from the textual commentary
About the Author
Cyndia Susan Clegg, Distinguished Professor of English at Pepperdine University, is the author of Press Censorship in Elizabethan England and Press Censorship in Jacobean England. She specializes in early modern print culture, censorship, Shakespeare, and English Renaissance Poetry.
Randall McLeod, Professor of English at the University of Toronto, has published widely on typography and printing. He presented the Rosenbach Lectures in Bibliography at the University of Pennsylvania in 1999 and is the editor of Crisis in Editing: Texts of the English Renaissance.
“The editorial introductions of Clegg and McLeod should be considered compulsory reading for any graduate course in early modern bibliography....McLeod’s confident and convincing reading of proofmarks in a single quire of Holinshed, his meticulous attention to the most minor alterations of typeface or font change, allows him to outline . . . the exceedingly tortuous production history of the Chronicles. It is impossible here to do justice to the imagination and scrupulous care that has gone into this reconstruction....Some longstanding assumptions about the stability of Renaissance texts . . . may need to be seriously rethought—along with the order that, for the better part of the last century, the Short-Title Catalogue has bestowed upon Renaissance editions, variants, and reprints.” --Renaissance Quarterly
“A welcome change from the EEBO texts on which scholars are becoming increasingly dependent. . . . McLeod’s argument that a knowledge of how the text was produced provides hints about where it might be prone to error is a particularly important one and should be useful to all editors of this sort of material.”--University of Toronto Quarterly
"The Peaceful and
Prosperous Regiment is a monumental work of scholarship. It will enable
further investigations of its material and should provoke similarly radical
studies of other texts. Cyndia Clegg's historical introduction is concise and
elegant, and Randall McLeod's textual commentary is an extraordinary tour de
force of meticulous analytical bibliography. The book is beautifully designed
and produced and the many diagrams and legends are genuinely illuminating. It
is an object of beauty, and a rich resource for historians and literary
scholars."—Michael Warren, University of California, Santa Cruz, editor of
The Parallel King Lear, 1608-1623 (1989)