A Bibliography of John Rastell by Cecily Devereux

By Cecily Devereux

Drawing on over a decade of designated bibliographical research, Devereux demonstrates that Rastell was once a number one determine within the improvement of legislation books, the 1st printer to create variety for tune, and an important determine within the instruction and e-book of theological works. Rastell additionally promoted and released vital humanist texts, together with dialogues by means of Thomas extra, a couple of performs, together with Interlude of the 4 components which he can have written himself, and several other works by means of John Skelton. Like different Renaissance humanist printers Rastell borrowed woodcuts, shared out the paintings of printing lengthy multi-volume works, or even shared variety every so often. yet his existence as a writer used to be turbulent, as tested by way of a number of alterations of tackle for his printing institution in London and diverse alterations in his printers and typesetters. Devereux's paintings is an important addition to Renaissance bibliography, delivering vital new info in case you examine early sleek humanism, in particular the historiography of legislation and faith in England.

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This account of Rastell's early life has endured very well; neither later scholarship nor my re-examination of Reed's sources has added much to that great work. Further, Reed's devotion to Rastell was matched only by his skill with the public records. J. Roberts, "John Rastell's Inventory of 1538," The Library 6th ser. 1 (1979), pp. 34-42. For Rastell's life see also the accounts of Geritz and Laine in various places, which do not supersede Reed: Albert J. D. D. dissertation, Duke University, 1972; and Albert J.

Lee's letter is also in SP1/85, abstracted in L&P, 7: 1151. The decision in favour of the Skipwiths as cited above is C66/642. All this information and most of the information in the following "Typographical Preface" can be found in the Chancery suit studied by Plomer. These letters as cited in the following pages can be found as SP1/85/5796, a following letter with the same number, and a third letter SP1/85/2885; abstracted in L&P, 7: 1071,1073. Rastell's reputation as a writer for the Reformation was strong enough later for the Pilgrimage of Grace to include him with William Tyndale, Robert Barnes, William Marshall, and Christopher Saint Germain as heretics whose writings had to be suppressed: L&P, 6: 1246, 1250.

These ideas about Rastell's intentions are based on the depositions in Court of Requests, Req. 2/3/192 and the text of the Interlude (entry 12 in the Bibliography). John M. Headley, The Complete Works of St. Thomas More, 5, Responsio ad Lutherum (New Haven and London, 1969), esp. pp. 836-840 for Bercula's editorial work on this difficult text. R. Plomer, "John Rastell and his Contemporaries," Bibliographica 2 (1896), p. 439, from William Bonham's deposition in C24/1/3765. Reed, Early Tudor Drama, pp.

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