Peter Beal, ed. Discovering, Identifying and Editing Early Modern Manuscripts. English Manuscript Studies 1100-1700, vol. 18. London: The British Library, 2013. vi, 269p., ill. ISBN 9780712358934. £50.00 (hardback).
The great Restoration scholar Harold Love (1937-2007) looks out quizzically at us from the frontispiece of this issue of Peter Beal’s invaluable English Manuscript Studies 1100-1700 (EMS). In front of him is a large folio volume (print? manuscript?) whose pages are only apparently blank – the unintended effect, presumably of the camera’s exposure settings. An image of absent presence is apt, for this number of EMS in Love’s memory is, we learn in passing towards the end, the journal’s “final volume” (253).