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Has anyone ever looked at Jonsonâ€™s inscription to Queen Anne in the British Library copy of The Characters of Two Royal Masques? This is the gift-copy of the masques of Blackness and Beauty which Jonson gave to Anne in 1608, and has an autograph Latin dedication to her. Unfortunately, there is an abbreviation which has resisted our best efforts at explanation. The inscription reads as follows:
The general editors are delighted to announce that the print version of the Cambridge Edition of the Works of Ben Jonson was published on 12 July 2012. To order the edition, please follow this link. The online edition is in preparation and will appear in spring 2013. Readers who are interested in the work that underlies the edition can consult the sixty textual essays on this website, written by our contributing editors, which give full technical analyses of the individual plays, poems, masques, and prose works (click on the tab for 'Essays' above).