Citations, Images, Acknowledgements

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All citations to quotations from Spenser's works are given in the text. Citations to The Faerie Queene, the Letter to Ralegh, the Commendatory Verses, and the Dedicatory Sonnets are to A. C. Hamilton, ed., Spenser: The Faerie Queene, 2nd ed., 2001. Quotations from The Faerie Queene are cited by book, canto, and stanza, and quotations from the Commendatory Verses and the Dedicatory Sonnets are cited by line number. All other quotations of Spenser's poetry are from The Yale Edition of the Shorter Poems of Edmund Spenser, ed. William A. Oram, et al., 1989, and are cited by line number. Finally, all citations to The Works of Edmund Spenser: A Variorum Edition, ed. Edwin Greenlaw, et al., 1938-49, are given as Var. and include volume and page references.

The text of Spenser's dedication to Queen Elizabeth I on the front cover and John Wolfe's device (McKerrow, Printers' and Publishers' Devices #242) on the back cover are reproduced by permission of the Henry E. Huntington Library from HEH 56741 (STC 23081a), A1v and A1r, respectively. The image of printers and press on the front cover warrants a bit of commentary. As some readers may notice, neither the printers nor the press is English; both are apparently Italian, for the source of the image is a woodcut on the title page (pictured right) of a 1516 Venice edition of the works of Horace (see http://www.sc.edu/library/spcoll/renprint/rp4.html).

I chose this apparently incongruous image for several reasons. First, among the very few extant images of sixteenth-century printing presses (see McKerrow, Introduction 38-41; Gaskell 123), this is one of the best and most readily available. Second, and more to the point, I chose it to commemorate John Wolfe's early relations with Italian printers, publication of significant Italian books, and surreptitious publication in England of books with imaginary continental imprints (see Huffman 1-47). …

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