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Shakespeare’s Beehive

An Annotated Elizabethan Dictionary Comes to Light

Shakespeare’s Beehive
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Shakespeare’s Beehive

We are in the business of cataloguing old and rare books and manuscripts. We have fashioned Shakespeare’s Beehive: An Annotated Elizabethan Dictionary Comes to Light as a single-item catalogue, the content of which is our attempt at building a platform for someone who elects to argue that Shakespeare himself has authored the annotations in our copy of Baret’s Alvearie 1580.

One of our goals was to present our argument in measured and non-polemical ways, so that scholars and laypeople alike could extract from our study whatever linguistic elements they wished to focus on, should the strain of considering the authorship of the annotations be a distraction. What we have maintained will almost certainly be the case is that annotated books from alternative hands held in institutions or private collections worldwide will pale greatly should the search for Shakespearean echoes be sought elsewhere as a means for comparison.

We hope that the combination of our study and the digitized copy of the Baret that is present here will allow for ongoing study and an inspiring debate.

Limited Edition Hardcover:
Clothbound in red linen with gilt-stamped “Beehive” cover; 6.5 x 9.25 inches; 342 pages printed in black and red with duotone illustrations, plus one folding plate. Set in Van Dijck and Caslon types, with Fell ornaments, and printed on Mohawk paper. Design and typography by Jerry Kelly. Printed in a limited edition of 2,000 copies.

In our limited edition hardcover book, we embody citations from our copy of Baret’s Alvearie in a regularized format designed to convey both the characters used in the printed dictionary text and the annotations that we find in the margins and within text columns. To help distinguish and highlight the annotator’s work in the context of our own analysis, anything that the annotator adds to the page – either by supplying words, or by marking the text without using words – we have represented in red. If you see red, you know that the annotator has added these words or marks to the page. In the e-book, the underlining should also be read as red, although it will not show. We strongly recommend that the e-book be read on devices that will show color and images, and it is optimized for Google Play, iBooks, Kindle Fire, and Nook HD.

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