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Re: Knight's Imperial Shakspere
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, SHK 7.0960.  Thursday, 19 December 1996.

(1)     From:   Fran Teague <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 17 Dec 96 14:24:11 EST
        Subj:   Re: SHK 7.0957  Q: Book Ages

(2)     From:   Judy Kennedy <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 17 Dec 1996 20:16:44 -0400 (AST)
        Subj:   Knight's Imperial Shakspere

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        Date:   Tuesday, 17 Dec 1996 19:19:18 -0500 (EST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 7.0957  Qs: Book Ages

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        Date:   Tuesday, 17 Dec 1996 19:23:51 -0800
        Subj:   Re:  Book Ages

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        Date:   Thursday, 19 Dec 1996 12:33:25 GMT+1000
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From:           Fran Teague <
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Date:           Tuesday, 17 Dec 96 14:24:11 EST
Subject: 7.0957  Q: Book Ages
Comment:        Re: SHK 7.0957  Q: Book Ages

No doubt John Velz will also write in to tell Mr. Bibb that _One Touch of
Shakespeare: The Letters of Joseph Crosby_, which he and I edited, has
extensive discussion of Knight's Imperial edition of Shakespeare's _Works_. Our
book was published by the Folger in 1986 and I expect a copy is in the UCLA
library.  Fran Teague

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Date:           Tuesday, 17 Dec 1996 20:16:44 -0400 (AST)
Subject:        Knight's Imperial Shakspere

Knight's Imperial Shakspere was published in London and New York (the latter by
Virtue and Yorston) in 1875-76.

There is an interesting monograph by John C. Yorston, *An essay on Charles
Knight's Imperial Shakspere, embracing biographical sketches of author, editor,
artists, engravers etc....*  Printed exclusively for private circulation, 1876.
 It is rare, but is available at the Folger.  Possibly the Huntington has it?
The New York Public Library copy has gone missing.

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Date:           Tuesday, 17 Dec 1996 19:19:18 -0500 (EST)
Subject: 7.0957  Qs: Book Ages
Comment:        Re: SHK 7.0957  Qs: Book Ages

Matt, I did a little searching. I hope this helps you. I found the catalog
records at the University of California online catalog.

AUTHOR     Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616
TITLE      Works. 1873
           The works of Shakspere. Ed. by Charles Knight; with
           illustration on steel from pictures by C.W. Cope, R.A.,
           E.M. Ward, R.A., C.R. Leslie, R.A. [and others]
EDITION    Imperial edition.
IMPRINT    London, Virtue; New York, Patterson and Neilson, [1873-76]
DESC.      2 v. fronts. (ports.) plates. 39 cm.
NOTE       Added title-pages, engraved, with vignettes.
           Issued in 50 parts to subscribers only.
           English
ADD AUTHOR Knight, Charles, 1791-1873


AUTHOR     Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616
TITLE      Works. 1881
           The works of Shakspere. Ed. by Charles Knight; with
           illustration on steel from pictures by C.W. Cope, R.A.,
           E.M. Ward, R.A., C.R. Leslie, R.A. [and others]
EDITION    Imperial edition.
IMPRINT    New York : Virtue and Vorston, [1881]
DESC.      2 v. fronts. (ports.) plates. 39 cm.
NOTE       Added title-pages, engraved, with vignettes.
           English
ADD AUTHOR Knight, Charles, 1791-1873

These two examples may not be what you want. Charles Knight edited many
different works of Shakespeare's plays. Hopefully, someone else on the list can
give you more information on Knight or the above works.

Good luck.
Michael Norman

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Date:           Tuesday, 17 Dec 1996 19:23:51 -0800
Subject:        Re:  Book Ages

According to OCLC, there was a two volume set of Shakespeare's "Works",
published by Virtue in London, between 1873 and 1876. It was edited by Charles
Knight and was referred to as the "Imperial Edition."

I should add that several "Imperial editions, " with different numbers of
volumes and edited by Charles Knight, were published around the same period of
time.  If you ask your l librarian to do a search for you (on either OCLC or
RLIN), you should get a fair estimate of the dates and publishers of those
texts.

Patricia Gallagher

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Date:           Thursday, 19 Dec 1996 12:33:25 GMT+1000
Subject: 7.0957  Qs: Book Ages
Comment:        Re: SHK 7.0957  Qs: Book Ages

> "Knight's Imperial Shakspere" with notes by Charles Knight, and they were
> published in London by Virtue & Co., Limited, 294, City Road. Any help you can
> provide would be greatly appreciated.

Knight's Shakespeare was first published (8 vols) 1838-43; your two-volume edn
must therefore be later.  Knight is rather interesting in that he is one of the
very few editors of Shakespeare who doesn't relinieate his copy-text in order
to "regularize" the metre--he is the only editor since Rowe to print the
opening of *Mac* 2.2 more or less as F has it.

Peter Groves
Department of English
Monash University
Melbourne
 

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