"This and the rest Maisters we all may mende": reconstructing the practices and anxieties of a manuscript miscellany's reader-compiler

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Loffman, C. 2017. "This and the rest Maisters we all may mende": reconstructing the practices and anxieties of a manuscript miscellany's reader-compiler. Huntington Library Quarterly. 80 (2), pp. 277-292. https://doi.org/10.1353/hlq.2017.0016
AuthorsLoffman, C.
Abstract

This essay takes MS Dyce 44, National Art Library (V&A) as a case study to reconstruct the personal tastes and scribal habits of a manuscript miscellany's main copyist and compiler.

Claire Bryony Williams uses evidence from the literary contents, copying stints, textual collations, and physical format of the manuscript to reveal its maker's intellectual preoccupations and investment of time and money in the project, as well as to explore the print and manuscript sources, and dramatic and musical interactions, that informed the collection.

The essay concludes with an examination of the compiler's attempts to control other readers' access to and interpretations of erotic material through cipher and backward writing and the use of Latin tags to mediate morally dubious texts, as well as the way in which two subsequent readers responded to the miscellany through adding poems.

KeywordsManuscript verse miscellanies; strategies for manuscript compilation;copying stints; Henry Constable; Thomas Nashe
Year2017
JournalHuntington Library Quarterly
Journal citation80 (2), pp. 277-292
PublisherUniversity of Pennsylvania Press
ISSN0018-7895
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1353/hlq.2017.0016
Publication dates
Print20 Jun 2017
Publication process dates
Deposited05 Jul 2019
Accepted11 Apr 2016
Accepted author manuscript
Output statusPublished
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