The shepheardes calender, 1579 / [by] Edmund Spenser ; transcribed by Richard S. Bear


The shepheardes calender, 1579 / [by] Edmund Spenser ; transcribed by Richard S. Bear


Spenser, Edmund, 1552?-1599


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Editorial Practice

Encoding format: Plain text

Long s modernised

vv replace by w

Catchwords ommitted

Capital vowel-ligatures and ornamental intitial letters are indicated by capitalisation of the first two characters

Sixteenth century usage of i/j and u/v retained

Original spelling retained

Greek text transliterated within brackets

Some printer's errors have been emended within brackets

Most italics indicated within slashes

Other italics, such as those used for proper names, have been ommitted

Folio numbers indicated within angle brackets in the text

Images of twelve woodcuts in the printed text are described in the position they would have appeared within the electronic text

LC keywords

Poems -- England -- 16th century
Eclogues -- England -- 16th century
Pastoral poems -- England -- 16th century

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The shepheardes calendar : the original edition of 1579 in photographic facsimile / by Edmund Spenser ; with an introduction by H. Oskar Sommer Spenser, Edmund, 1552?-1599 introd. Sommer, H. Oskar (Heinrich Oskar), 1861- 25, 52 p. : ill., facsims. ; 26 cm. John C. Nimmo London: 1890

Note: With reproduction of original t.p.: The Shepheardes Calendar : Conteyning tvvelve Æglogues proportionable to the twelve monethes / Entitled To the Noble and Vertvous Gentleman most worthy of all titles both of learning and cheualrie M. Philip Sidney. At London : Printed by Hugh Singleton, dwelling in Creede Lane neere vnto Ludgate at the signe of the gylden Tunne, and are there to be solde, 1579

Note: Leaves 38 and 40 wrongly numbered 37 and 39 respectively

Note: Publisher's note: "Five hundred and twenty copies only printed for England and America combined. Each copy numbered."


Mode of access: Online. OTA website

Includes a Note, Introduction, and a Bibliography by the electronic compiler

Illustrations not included but a description is substitued in the text where each one would have occured

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