New Edition of 1598 Survey available

With v.6.5, we are making available the full text of our tagged transcription of the 1598 Survey of London. The text is out for peer review while we make our final checks. The 1598 Stow has been long in the making. In 2013, we converted the EEBO-TCP transcription, encoded in TEI-P4, to MoEML’s customization of TEI-P5. EEBO-TCP offered a good starting point that saved us a lot of transcribing, typing, and encoding time. Our transcription supplies the many gaps left by EEBO-TCP transcribers and restores all the features omitted in TCP’s semi-diplomatic transcription (long s, changes in font, running titles, and catchwords). Furthermore, our edition takes as its copytext the University of Victoria’s recently acquired copy of the first state of the volume (DA680 S87 1598). Our text is linked to open-access images of the UVic copy, with the exception of the Errata page (sig. 2H10v), which the first state does not include. We have transcribed the Errata from the second state and linked this one page to the EEBO surrogate of the Huntington Library copy. While our 1598 Survey will not be complete until lead editor Janelle Jenstad has published the critical paratexts that accompany the text and the entire edition (content and tagging) has undergone peer review, the text itself already has enormous value to scholars of early modern London.
The MoEML 1598 Survey is significant for two reasons. First, it makes the first edition of the text readily available for the first time. Charles Lethbridge Kingsford’s 1908 edition of A Survey of London (Oxford University Press) is reprinted from the text of 1603. This edition is widely available in libraries and can be purchased as a reprint; more significantly, it was double-keyed for British History Online, which means that the 1603 text is freely available and searchable. Our edition makes the first authorial text of 1598 freely available and searchable. Second, our text is annotated and indexed via entity tagging. All of Stow’s thousands of toponyms have been identified, tagged, and linked to MoEML encyclopedia pages. All of the many people mentioned by Stow have been identified, tagged, and linked to MoEML’s personography. All dates (Julian calendar dates, regnal dates, and anno mundi dates) have been tagged in such a way as to facilitate translation to modern Gregorian equivalents (viewable in mouseover panes). Stow’s habit of apposing multiple toponyms means that his text offers valuable insight into the many names given to particular locations. MoEML harvests these toponyms and variants for the MoEML gazetteer.
To facilitate direct navigation to any section of the text, we have created an editorial table of contents. To facilitate continuous reading, we have added back and forward arrows at the top and bottom of each chapter page.
The lightly modernized view is the default viewing mode, but readers may switch to a diplomatic transcription.
Please send comments and corrections to Janelle Jenstad, the project director and lead editor.
We have won a SSHRC grant to encode the 1603, 1618, and 1633 editions of Stow’s Survey. We plan to build a custom comparator tool for these four editions that will allow you to view the xtensive additions and deletions from one edition to the next. We will incorporate digital facsimiles of the volumes as well.

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MLA citation

Jenstad, Janelle. Stow. The Map of Early Modern London, Edition 6.6, edited by Janelle Jenstad, U of Victoria, 30 Jun. 2021,

Chicago citation

Jenstad, Janelle. Stow. The Map of Early Modern London, Edition 6.6. Ed. Janelle Jenstad. Victoria: University of Victoria. Accessed June 30, 2021.

APA citation

Jenstad, J. 2021. Stow. In J. Jenstad (Ed), The Map of Early Modern London (Edition 6.6). Victoria: University of Victoria. Retrieved from

RIS file (for RefMan, RefWorks, EndNote etc.)

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TEI citation

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