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Passionate pilgrime
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Title: The passionate pilgrime, or, Certaine amorous sonnets, betweene Venus and Adonis
Date: [London] : Printed by W. Iaggard, 1612
Repository:  Bodleian Library, Oxford University, Oxford, UK
Call number and opening: Arch. G g.1, title pages
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The passionate pilgrime, or, Certaine amorous sonnets, betweene Venus and Adonis
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[London] : Printed by W. Iaggard, 1612
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Bodleian Library, Oxford University, Oxford, UK
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Title: The passionate pilgrime, or, Certaine amorous sonnets, betweene Venus and Adonis
Date: [London] : Printed by W. Iaggard, 1612
Repository:  Bodleian Library, Oxford University, Oxford, UK
Call number and opening: Arch. G g.1, title pages
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Item Title
The passionate pilgrime, or, Certaine amorous sonnets, betweene Venus and Adonis
Item Date
[London] : Printed by W. Iaggard, 1612
Repository
Bodleian Library, Oxford University, Oxford, UK
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Arch. G g.1, second title page

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The Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford, has graciously contributed images of materials in its collections to Shakespeare Documented under the terms of a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International licence.  Images used within the scope of these terms should cite the Bodleian Libraries as the source.  For any use outside the scope of these terms, visitors should contact Bodleian Libraries Imaging Services at imaging@bodleian.ox.ac.uk.

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Title: The passionate pilgrime, or, Certaine amorous sonnets, betweene Venus and Adonis
Date: [London] : Printed by W. Iaggard, 1612
Repository:  Bodleian Library, Oxford University, Oxford, UK
Call number and opening: Arch. G g.1, title pages
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In 1612, William Jaggard published a third edition of The Passionate Pilgrim. Like the second edition, the third edition asserts “By W. Shakespeare.” on its title page.  Therefore, although Shakespeare probably wrote just five of its poems, he is credited as the author of the whole work. This edition was advertised as being expanded from the 1599 editions. The new title page added the subtitle “Or Certaine Amorous Sonnets, betweene Venus and Adonis, newly corrected and augmented,” and further announced the addition of two new love letters between Helen and Paris. In addition to these, seven further poems on the Greek wars are added.

The 1612 edition survives in two copies. The Bodleian copy, shown here, includes two different versions of the title page opposite one another. There is only one difference between the two versions: the left-most one omits Shakespeare’s name.

It appears that Jaggard printed a new title page, without Shakespeare’s name, to be added to all remaining copies. This was most likely in response to a complaint by Thomas Heywood, the unnamed author of the "newly added" poems mentioned at the bottom of the title page. According to Heywood, another author (presumably Shakespeare) was "much offended" that the printer "presumed to make so bold with his name" by implying the entire book was by him.

The precise meaning of Heywood’s accusations admits ambiguity, but appears to suggest Shakespeare’s anger at Jaggard appending his name to the poems of others, implying a narrative akin to piracy. The Bodleian’s title page with Shakespeare’s name removed may indicate Jaggard’s response to Shakespeare’s offence.

The edition makes some alterations to lineation and setting (Duncan-Jones and Woudhuysen 1997, 495-8). From the eighteenth poem onwards, the edition switches from printing on recto only to printing on recto and verso.
 

Written by Peter Kirwan

Source
William Shakespeare, Shakespeare's Poems: Venus and Adonis, the Rape of Lucrece and the Shorter Poems, eds. Katherine Duncan-Jones and H.R. Woudhuysen (London: Arden Shakespeare, 2007), The Arden Shakespeare: third series (London: Thomson, 1995-).
 

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