|Author||: Judith Milhous|
|Publisher||: British Library Board|
|Total Pages||: 483|
|ISBN 10||: 0712357734|
|ISBN 13||: 9780712357739|
|Language||: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL|
A great deal of bibliographic and historical scholarship has been devoted to English drama up to 1660, but after the renaissance scholarship grows scant: late seventeenth-century plays have received little such attention, and eighteenth-century plays hardly any. This ground-breaking study by two internationally renowned scholars in theater history asks fundamental questions that have often been previously ignored--Who published plays? What was the cost of publication, the risk, and the potential profit? What did single plays cost, and what did play collections cost? How much market existed for used copies and at what prices? What did playwrights earn from publication, and how important was it to their income? What was the function of illustrations in published plays, and what can we learn from these illustrations? This study, a significantly expanded version of the Panizzi Lectures delivered by the authors at the British Library in 2011, will become a vital work in the field, laying the groundwork for a generation of future scholarship.