Member of a company of players with responsibility for the Promptbooks.
The book-keeper also oversaw the casting of plays and distribution
of individual parts to players.
Description of the physical make-up of a book, using a standardised
formula to record the number of Quires
and the number of leaves in each quire.
Comparison of the text of one copy of printed book with that of
another copy, to discover and record differences between them.
Placing type into a Forme
for printing using a hand printing press.
All the copies of a work printed at any time from substantially
the same setting of type.
Book size when the printed sheets are folded once, giving a two-leaf
quire and pages half the size of the sheet.
Type assembled into pages and locked into a frame ready for printing.
Dramatist's rough draft manuscript of a play, with his corrections,
additions, and deletions.
Work written wholly in the author's own hand.
Name of the printer, publisher, bookseller, usually with the place
and date of publication, printed on the title-page.
All the copies of an edition sold at any one time. Each issue will
normally have its own title-page. Successive issues of the same
edition may have other minor textual differences.
Text of a play reconstructed from memory, usually by actors involved
in performances. Also called a reported text.
Book size when the printed sheets are folded three times, giving
an eight-leaf quire and pages one-eighth the size of the sheet.
Manuscript of a play containing the licence issued by the Master
of the Revels allowing it to be performed. This copy was not used
for prompting in the modern sense, and is often referred to as the
Book size when the printed sheets are folded twice, giving a four-leaf
quire and pages one-quarter the size of the sheet.
Section of a book resulting from the folding of a sheet after printing.
A Folio may have two
leaves in a quire, a Quarto
four leaves, and an Octavo
List of Signatures for
the Quires in a printed
book, with the number of leaves in each quire.
Sometime used as a synonym for Composing,
but more usually to describe the resulting printed text.
Letter or number assigned to each Quire
in a printed book, to aid the printing of the book and the assembly
of its sheets in the correct order.
Copy of an Edition
with minor variations resulting from changes made during printing.
Sometimes called a state.