'This splendid edition of eleven short comic poems in Older Scots, none previously appearing in a modern critical edition, helps broaden our sense of the rich literary culture of later medieval and Early Modern Scotland'.
'The edition is carefully produced, as is only to be expected by the high editorial standards of the Scottish Text Society'.
'[A few] small lapses do little to detract from the notable achievement of this fine edition. Students of Older Scots literature owe Hadley Williams a debt of gratitude for giving these delightful comic poems the editorial care they deserve'.
R. James Goldstein, Journal of English and Germanic Philology, 118.2 (2019)
The Maitland Quarto: A New Edition of Cambridge, Magdalene College, Pepys Library MS 1408, ed. Joanna M. Martin, ISBN 9781897976401 [MORE INFO] [BUY MEMBERS] [BUY NON-MEMBERS]
'The edition provides a comprehensive look at the culture, textual history, and contents of the MQ and makes the details of the manuscript accessible to scholars of both Older Scots literature and medieval literature in general'.
'The up-to-date, comprehensive information included is a pivotal starting point for anyone studying Maitland’s poetry or the literary cultures of the MQ. Scholars and enthusiasts of Older Scots literature and literary cultures would be remiss if they fail to add this text to their library'.
'His new edition replaces the earlier Scottish Text Society edition as being based on an earlier text (1565), and also includes material in verse that was added to later editions. The result of this work is an outstanding edition of a seminal source in the literary, historical and religious study of early modern Scotland.'
'Overall, this is a very fine edition of a very important text. Scholars of the northern Renaissance will be grateful to MacDonald and the Scottish Text Society for their work in providing us with such an excellent resource.'