Journal article

Lost Books and Printing in London, 1557–1640: An Analysis of the Stationers’ Company Register

David McInnis

The London Journal | Informa UK Limited | Published : 2019


Shakespeare scholars groan collectively when news reports of the discovery of yet another First Folio (1623) describe the additional specimen as a ‘rare’ book; more than 234 copies are known to still exist. Plays had a particularly bad survival rate, with barely 543 public theatre plays from Shakespeare’s lifetime surviving out of approximately 3,000 written during that same period. In her systematic study of the licensing records of the Stationers’ Company, Alexandra Hill makes a welcome contribution to our understanding of literary loss in the period, documenting the extensive data on ‘books printed but no longer traceable to an existing copy’ in a bid to foster further scholarly considera..

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