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A Handlist of News Pamphlets, 1590–1610

Nature volume 155, page 95 (27 January 1945) | Download Citation



THIS admirably produced little volume is in two parts: first, a handlist of news pamphlets printed between 1590 and 1610 and still extant; and secondly, a list of such pamphlets printed between 1590 and 1610 and entered in the Stationers' Register, but not now extant. The first list is annotated, the contents being indicated where the title is insufficient, and the comments show the significance of the item. The list is arranged chronologically, and within each year according to the date of entry in the Stationers' Register. Surviving pamphlets not entered in the Register follow the last entered copy surviving for each year. Where more than one copy of the pamphlet survives, the British Museum copy has normally been used. Other copies used are indicated by a reference letter; but the names of libraries possessing a single unique copy are given in full. If the copy for the transcript is one not recorded in the Short Title Catalogue, the press mark of the library is given. Both the Short Title Catalogue number and the date of entry of the pamphlet in the Stationers' Register and the high standard of bibliographical detail should make the list the more valuable and welcome for research into the collection and dissemination of news during the period covered. Its value and purpose in this respect are concisely explained in Dr. Collins' excellent introduction.

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