Robert Laneham's Letter: Describing a Part of the Entertainment Unto Queen Elizabeth at the Castle of Kenilworth in 1575

Robert Laneham's Letter: Describing a Part of the Entertainment Unto Queen Elizabeth at the Castle of Kenilworth in 1575

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Robert Laneham's Letter: Describing a Part of the Entertainment Unto Queen Elizabeth at the Castle of Kenilworth in 1575

Robert Laneham's Letter: Describing a Part of the Entertainment Unto Queen Elizabeth at the Castle of Kenilworth in 1575

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This edition of Laneham was originally issued for the Ballad Society in 1871, and the Introduction now, naturally enough, requires a few additions and corrections. Since it was written, several of the books or ballads mentioned have been edited or re-edited, and a few discoveries have been made. As the work is now reprinted from stereotype plates, it has been thought best to leave the Introduction as it originally stood and to call attention here to the chief points in which it requires supplementing.

p. xxiii. The Squyre of Lo Degrée. This has since been elaborately edited by Prof. W. E. Mead ('Albion Series,' Ginn & Co., Boston, 1904). It may be mentioned that The Squire is referred to in The Nutbrown Maid, l. 260, which was in print c. 1502.

p. li, l. 13. Robin Hood. The printers of the imperfect copy, here stated to be Chepman and Myllar, are now considered doubtful, see Child, Eng. and Scot. Ballads, 1882-98.

p. lxv, l. 11. The Wife Lapt in a Morels Skin. There is a ballad derived from this in Child (1882-98), V. 104, No. 277.

p. lxxvii, foot. The Nutbrooun Maid. The MS. is not at University College, but at Corpus, and is the day-book of John Dorne, an Oxford bookseller. It was edited in 1885 by Mr. F. Madan for the Oxford Historical Society. See early English Lyrics, ed. E. K. Chambers and F. Sidgwick, 1907, p. 334.

p. lxxviii. The Shepherdz Kalender. The edition of Paris, 1503, has been reproduced in facsimile, with a reprint of Pynson's edition of 1506 and an introduction and glossary, by Dr. H. Oscar Sommer, London, Kegan Paul & Co., 1892.

p. lxxxv. The Ship of Foolz. T. H. Jamieson's edition, mentioned on p. clxxxi as in preparation, appeared in 1874.

p. xcv. The Booke of Fortune. See a long letter by Mrs. C. C. Stopes in the Athenæum of May 19, 1900, in which she shows that a work issued in 1672 may well have been a reprint of the original 'boke of fortune in folio' entered to W. Powell on Feb. 6, 1559-60 (cf. p. xcviii). The copy seen by Mrs. Stopes was imperfect, wanting both title-page and conclusion, and was identified by the running-title. It is a work in which Captain Cox would certainly have delighted, and consists of a large collection of brief rimes, many merely couplets, of the most varied character, as, for example, directions . . .

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