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L interest in antiquarianism. A. II"! il brought into the work when 'thr~• parh' had already baan printed. Sp•ght became involved in the work betwoan 1594 (the new edition of Chaucar'B workiii had been entered at Stationers' Hall in 1592 and 1594) and 1597 (the date of Beaumont's letter to Sp{,HJhtl, Speght's friends, who had Bean ~om• of the thing~> he had written, and 'certain• aho of tho best in the Campania of Stationers' asked him to publish what waB originally intended for circulation amangBt friend~.

8. George Puttenham, The Arte of English Poesie, London, 1589, facs. edition Scalar Press, Menston, 1968, p. 120. The Arte of English Poesie has also been edited by Gladys Doidge Willcock and Alice Walker, Cambridge, 1936, repr. 1970, with a useful introduction in which the problem of the authorship of the book is discussed (The Arte of English Poesie was published anonymously). I, p. 126. 9. From: Timber: or, Discoveries, ? F. Bolton, The English Language, Cambridge, 1966, p. 40. 10. Johan Kerling, 'English Old-Word Glossaries 1553 - 1594', Neophilologus 63, 1979, pp.

374 - 75. 13. Cf. S. Brewer in his Introduction to the Scalar Press facsimile of Chaucer's works 1532, Menston, 1969. 14. Alice S. Miskimin, The Renaissance Chaucer, New Haven and London, 1975, p. 252. 42 CHAPTER FOUR PETER LEVINS: MANIPULUS VOCABULORUM (1570) The first English dictiorhlry of any kind to indicate that particular words are old and should not be used is a sixteenth century rhyming dictionary. Levins' dictionary may have provided Spenser with some words for use in the Shepheardes Calender.

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