Transcript by Charles Sharpe of ‘XII. mery jests, of the wyddow Edyth’ by Walter Smith. Edit


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  • 1573. (Creation)


  • 36 Leaves (Whole)



  • Conditions Governing Access

    Normal access conditions apply.

  • Conditions Governing Use

    Normal reproduction conditions apply, subject to any copyright restrictions.

  • Bibliography

    Smith, Walter. ‘XII. mery jests, of the wyddow Edyth’ (London, 1573).

    An edition was published in ‘Shakespeare jest books’, volume 3, by William C Hazlitt (1864).

    The transcript was number 116 in the ‘Catalogue of autograph letters, manuscripts, books, copperplates, etc., being the remaining portion of the collection formed by the late Charles Kirkpatrick Sharpe ... to be sold by auction ... 20th April, 1893’ (Edinburgh, 1893).

  • Scope and Contents

    This is a transcript of the 1573 edition (STC 22870). The earlier edition (STC 22869.7), also extremely rare, was published in 1523.

    The transcript, which is careful to the point of copying the printer’s ornaments, is written on sheets watermarked 1824.

    Tipped in (folio iii) is a letter, 1841, to Charles Sharpe from a firm agreeing to undertake the production of work, but this does not appear to have taken place.

    A note by David Laing written on a fragment of a proof of a poem is tipped in inside the front cover (folio i). At folio 30 is a title of another 16th century book, but the transcript was not made.

  • Arrangement

    vi + 30 + blank folios.