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    Judith Milhous(Author) Robert D. Hume(Author)

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A great deal of bibliographical and historical scholarship has been devoted to English drama up to 1660, but late seventeenth-century plays have received little such attention and eighteenth-century plays hardly any at all. This ground-breaking study by two internationally renowned scholars in theatre history addresses such fundamental questions as: 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? What was the buying power of those prices, and who could afford to make such purchases? 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 commercial logic of various sorts of collections? What was the function of illustrations in published plays, and what can we learn from such illustrations? This study, a significantly expanded version of the Panizzi Lectures delivered by the authors at the British Library in 2011, will become a cornerstone work in the field and lays the groundwork for a generation of further scholarship.

"This is an exceptional work of mature scholarship by two internationally distinguished senior specialists in the history of theatre. . . . What Milhous and Hume have done is to assemble more information and evidence on this subject than ever produced before and to bring illuminating critical analysis and order to this immense body of material." --Thomas Lockwood, University of Washington, SeattleAs well as being a hugely informative history of theatrical publication, its evolving relationship with theatrical practices, changing attitudes to plays and to authors, and publishing conditions, this volume is a magisterial account of the economics of publication and bookselling, as well as of the theatre... A remarkable contribution to social and intellectual history... Immensely impressive monograph... It is hard to imagine how the multifarious documentation of this stupendous volume will be surpassed any time soon. --Times Literary Supplement

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