Shakespeare’s Fight with the Pirates
and the Problems of the Transmission of his Text
Second edition, revised with an introduction. Hardback, quarter cloth with paper covered boards. 19 × 12.5cm, xxviii + 110pp.
Originally delivered in November 1915 as a series of lectures at the University of Cambridge, this close textual analysis of Shakespeare overturned the conventional methods of Shakespearean bibliography. In this careful study, Pollard, a bibliographer and literary scholar, called into question the long-held assumption that the early Quartos were of little bibliographical value because of the errors, mis-spellings and mis-lineations. By emphasizing the efforts made to impede printing piracy in early modern England, Pollard argued that the Quartos are much closer to Shakespeare's manuscripts than previous scholarship had allowed.
This copy is in good plus condition for age. There is a little fading to the spine and a few small surface marks and abrasions to the boards but otherwise in strong readable condition.