T. H. Howard-Hill's Self-Published Papers
In 1976, T. H. Howard-Hill self-published an important compositor attribution paper, Compositors B and E in the Shakespeare First Folio and Some Recent Studies. The paper had been rejected by three leading journals as it was too long to publish. Howard-Hill made 19 copies of his typescript and sent them to 9 major libraries and 10 scholars of Shakespearean bibliography.
In 1977, he self-published a followup paper, A Reassessment of Compositors B and E in the First Folio Tragedies. This time it appears he did not try to get it published first, it being as long as the earlier paper. He sent 9 copies to the same libraries and 11 copies to individual scholars: 9 of the 10 who had received the earlier paper (Hinman having died in the interim), plus 2 new names.
It is probable that some further copies of the two papers were subsequently made, either by Howard-Hill or by some of the original recipients. Nevertheless, the papers remain inaccessible to most people unless they have access to one of the 9 libraries which have the original copies.
Howard-Hill gave permission for both papers to be freely copied and the British Library has allowed photography of its items, starting in January 2015, albeit not using professional equipment. Accordingly, I have photographed the British Library copies of both papers and am making them available as PDF files here. The photos are not of professional quality: I was of course unable to take the bindings apart to lay the pages flat, and the camera on my phone is of ordinary quality (as is my photography). Nevertheless, the text can be read and so I have decided to make both papers available, despite the amateurishness of the photos. I hope this will help people to read Howard-Hill's work until better copies appear online.
Compositors B and E in the Shakespeare First Folio and Some Recent Studies (approx. 22.5 Mb)
A Reassessment of Compositors B and E in the First Folio Tragedies (approx. 18.7 Mb)