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A Bibliographical Catalogue of Italian Books Printed in England 1603–1642

1st Edition

Edited by Soko Tomita, Masahiko Tomita


602 pages

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A sequel to Tomita’s A Bibliographical Catalogue of Italian Books Printed in England 1558-1603, this volume provides the data for the succeeding 40 years (during the reign of King James I and Charles I) and contributes to the study of Anglo-Italian relations in literature through entries on 187 Italian books (335 editions) printed in England. The Catalogue starts with the books published immediately after the death of Queen Elizabeth I on 24 March 1603, and ends in 1642 with the closing of English theatres. It also contains 45 Elizabethan books (75 editions), which did not feature in the previous volume. Formatted along the lines of Mary Augusta Scott's Elizabethan Translations from the Italian (1916), and adopting Philip Gaskell's scientific method of bibliographical description, this volume provides reliable and comprehensive information about books and their publication, viewed in a general perspective of Anglo-Italian transactions in Jacobean and part of Caroline England.

Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction: A brief survey; Remarks on the catalogue; The bibliographical catalogue; A supplement to the bibliographical catalogue (1558-1603); Appendices; Bibliography of other works cited; Indexes.

About the Editors

Soko Tomita holds an MA and a PhD from the Shakespeare Institute at the University of Birmingham, UK. She is a professor of English and has taught English Language and Shakespeare at Takushoku University in Tokyo for 25 years. She was also a Dean at the University. She compiled A Bibliographical Catalogue of Italian Books Printed in England 1558-1603 (2009) and is the author of several articles on Shakespeare and his contemporaries, and Anglo-Italian relations in Elizabethan drama. Masahiko Tomita graduated from Waseda University in Tokyo. He worked for Toshiba Corporation and was a Senior Fellow at the Social Infrastructure Systems Company in Toshiba and Executive Vice President at NEC Toshiba Space Systems Ltd.

About the Series

Anglo-Italian Renaissance Studies

Anglo-Italian Renaissance Studies
This series places early modern English drama within the context of the European Renaissance and, more specifically, within the context of Italian cultural, dramatic, and literary traditions, with reference to the impact and influence of both classical and contemporary culture. Among the various forms of influence, the series considers early modern Italian novellas, theatre, and discourses as direct or indirect sources, analogues and paralogues for the construction of Shakespeare's drama, particularly in the comedies, romances, and other Italianate plays. Critical analysis focusing on other cultural transactions, such as travel and courtesy books, the arts, fencing, dancing, and fashion, will also be encompassed within the scope of the series. Special attention is paid to the manner in which early modern English dramatists adapted Italian materials to suit their theatrical agendas, creating new forms, and stretching the Renaissance practice of contaminatio to achieve, even if unconsciously, a process of rewriting, remaking, and refashioning of 'alien' cultures. The series welcomes both single-author studies and collections of essays and invites proposals that take into account the transition of cultures between the two countries as a bilateral process, paying attention also to the penetration of early modern English culture into the Italian world.

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