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Re: Titlepages
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 5, No. 0701.  Sunday, 28 August 1994.
 
(1)     From:   William Proctor Williams <TB0WPW1@NIU.BITNET>
        Date:   Saturday, 27 Aug 94 12:48 CDT
        Subj:   Re: SHK 5.0699  Re: Titlepages
 
(2)     From:   Nicholas Ranson <R1NR@AKRONVM.BITNET>
        Date:   Sunday, 28 Aug 94 10:05:22 EDT
        Subj:   Re: SHK 5.0699  Re: Titlepages
 
 
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From:           William Proctor Williams <TB0WPW1@NIU.BITNET>
Date:           Saturday, 27 Aug 94 12:48 CDT
Subject: 5.0699  Re: Titlepages
Comment:        Re: SHK 5.0699  Re: Titlepages
 
On the question of title-pages, of which we may be all growing weary, I think
that very little can be believed about what they say.  Usually the imprint
information will be correct; the generic designation is likely to be either the
whim of the Stationer (what's fashionable at the moment, though that would be
an interesting study) or the way the play was designated in the copy;
statements about newness, revisedness, places played, etc. are to some extent
fabricated (in any age before advertising when the only advert for a book would
probably be the title-page would a Stationer say, "same old stuff you've seen
before" or would he say "newly revised and augmented"?; the F1 statement about
true and original copies is a case in point, what sells books?); as we all know
the author and title statements are either odd, not there at all, or are very
various.
 
Just as we would not buy petrol today based upon the claims of the petrol
companies, I do not think we can place much serious faith in the claims of
title-pages then or now. However, the way these claims are made, and why they
are made is probably worthy of more study.
 
William Proctor Williams
Northern Illinois University
TB0WPW1@NIU.BITNET
 
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From:           Nicholas Ranson <R1NR@AKRONVM.BITNET>
Date:           Sunday, 28 Aug 94 10:05:22 EDT
Subject: 5.0699  Re: Titlepages
Comment:        Re: SHK 5.0699  Re: Titlepages
 
Tom Berger is working on Shakespearean title-pages, and how they shaped
his reputation; he gave a paper on such at the Society for Textual Scholarship
meeting in April 1993, and might be persuaded to answer Bill's query? NR.
 

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