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Edmund Spenser's Shepheardes Calender (1579)

An analyzed facsimile edition

Edited by Kenneth Borris

Edmund Spenser's <i>Shepheardes Calender</i> (1579)
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  • ISBN: 9781526133458
  • Publish Date: Mar 2022
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
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  • ISBN: 9781526133472
  • Publish Date: Mar 2022
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    Book Information

    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN: 978-1-5261-3345-8
    • Pages: 304
    • Price: £90.00
    • Published Date: March 2022
    • Series: The Manchester Spenser

    Description

    Spenser's extraordinary Shepheardes Calender as first printed in 1579 is arguably the seminal book of the Elizabethan literary renaissance. This volume reassesses it as a material text in relation to book history, and provides the first clearly detailed facsimile of the 1579 Calender available as a book. The editor reconsiders the original book's development, production, design, and particular characteristics, and demonstrates both its correlations with diverse precursors in print and its significant departures. Numerous illustrations of archival sources facilitate comparison. By reinvestigating the 1579 Calender's twelve pictures, he shows that Spenser himself probably designed them, that they involve complex symbolism, and that this book's meaning is thus profoundly verbal-visual. An analyzed facsimile is an essential new resource for study of Spenser's Calender, Spenser, Elizabethan print and poetics, and early modern English literary history.

    Contents

    Introduction:
    1 Prologue
    2 Hugh Singleton and the Calender's first publication
    3 Designing the 1579 edition
    4 Formal affinities, models, sources, and intertexts
    5 The Calender and popular almanacs
    6 Bibliographical format, paper, typography, and decoration
    7 Textual components, their sequence, and the norms of bucolic print
    8 The genesis of the illustrations
    9 The illustrative mode
    10 The pictorial symbology
    11 Known copies, surrogates, and the copy reproduced

    Appendices:
    Appendix 1: Spenser's alleged pictorial naivety
    Appendix 2: Enlargements of the Calender's twelve original pictures

    A facsimile reprint of Spenser's 1579 Calender


    Index

    Editor

    Kenneth Borris is Professor of English Literature at McGill University

    Edmund Spenser's Shepheardes Calender (1579)

    Edited by Kenneth Borris

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