A Petite Pallace of Pettie His Pleasure

A Petite Pallace of Pettie His Pleasure

A Petite Pallace of Pettie His Pleasure

A Petite Pallace of Pettie His Pleasure

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The need for a new edition of Pettie PETITE PALLACE OF PLEASURE requires but little explanation. In first reprinting this 'direct precursor of Lyly Euphuism' Gollancz furnished, in 1908, a version which was patently 'modernized, but not aggressively so,' along with a scanty Preface and variant readings which, we know today, took no cognizance of two of the six extant texts. Moreover, during the last quarter century, while its resources were being extended Tudor scholarship has become more exacting. In several notable studies the texture and origins of euphuism have been re-examined, the 'identification' of proverbs has become increasingly easy, and the equipment and methods of bibliography have been far advanced. It is with a view to supplying these benefits and providing a faithful text that the PETITE PALLACE in all its 'comely colours' is newly set forth.

In preparing the edition I have had far more than my due of courtesies. The text is reproduced from the perfect former Britwell copy, generously made available by its present owner, Mr. Carl H. Pforzheimer; the unique copy of the second issue was, in the same spirit, made accessible for collation by Dr.A.S.W.Rosenbach. In certain vexing bibliographical matters Dr.R.B.Mc Kerrow and Mr.F.S.Ferguson gave expert counsel From numerous errors of ignorance, judgement, and taste I have been saved by the suggestions, emendations, and revisions of Professors John M. Berdan, Douglas Bush, Stanley P. Chase, Albert Feuillerat, and Morris P. Tilley, all of whom were gracious . . .

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