The Bookshops in Paul's Cross Churchyard

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Bibliographical Society, 1990 - Book industries and trade - 103 pages

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About the author (1990)

Peter W. M. Blayney is an independent scholar widely considered to be the leading expert on the book trade in Tudor and early Stuart London. His publications include The Texts of King Lear and Their Origins (1982), which reconstructed the printing of the First Quarto in unprecedented detail, and his groundbreaking monograph, The Bookshops in Paul's Cross Churchyard (1990), which pioneered the field of book-trade topography. His controversial article on 'The Publication of Playbooks', which demonstrated that Victorian literary scholars were mistaken in believing Tudor and Stuart play-quartos to have been among the best-selling books of their day, won the Sohmer-Hall Prize for 1997. He has been awarded fellowships by Trinity College, Cambridge, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Folger Shakespeare Library, the Guggenheim Foundation and the Bibliographical Society.