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Research on the material in this note was completed while the writer held a grant-in-aid from the American Council of Learned Societies.


"Setting by Formes in Quarto Printing," Studies in Bibliography, XI (1958), 39-53. See especially Williams' discussion of the composition of the bad quarto of Romeo and Juliet (pp. 52-53).


Robert E. Brettle, "Bibliographical Notes on Some Marston Quartos and Early Collected Editions," The Library, 4th Series, VIII (1928), 340.


See Philip Williams, "The Compositor of the 'Pied Bull' Lear," SB, I (1948-49), 64-66, and John Russell Brown, "The Printing of John Webster's Plays (II)," SB, VIII (1956), 123.


My test was based on changes and retentions of the copy spellings of the following words: honor/honour, here/heere, doore/dore, goe/go, and doe/do. Compositor X preferred the first-listed form of each pair.


For example, on C1v we find two A's used in the first six lines of letterpress and eight substituted A's in the remaining thirty-two lines. Similarly, on E3v three italics are followed by three substituted romans and on E4v two italics by three substituted romans.


A swash A is used on A1, the title page, but because it never reappears it is not included in the tabulation.