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Re: Facsimiles
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 8.0287.  Friday, 28 February 1997.

[1]     From:   Gabriel Egan <
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        Date:   Thursday, 27 Feb 1997 22:49:36 GMT
        Subj:   Re: Facsimiles

[2]     From:   Brother Anthony <
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        Date:   Friday, 28 Feb 1997 08:50:01 +0900 (KST)
        Subj:   Re: Qs: Facsimiles

[3]     From:   Peter Donaldson <
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        Date:   Friday, 28 Feb 97 11:03:34
        Subj:   Re: SHK 8.0283  Qs: Facsimiles


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From:           Gabriel Egan <
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Date:           Thursday, 27 Feb 1997 22:49:36 GMT
Subject:        Re: Facsimiles

Pevez Rizvi writes

> I recently bought a paperback modern-type facsimile
> of the 1622 quarto of Othello. Someone asked about
> this a while ago. It is published by Prentice-Hall as
> part of a current series called Shakespearean
> Originals: First Editions.

Even their best friends wouldn't call what you bought a facsimile and
many would say it is not even a diplomatic reprint. Would one of the
editors care to offer a new term to describe these books?

I don't think it's necessarily the buyer's fault if they are unclear
about what they are getting.

Gabriel Egan

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From:           Brother Anthony <
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Date:           Friday, 28 Feb 1997 08:50:01 +0900 (KST)
Subject:        Re: Qs: Facsimiles

The Applause facsimile in paperback cost me $45, the address of their UK
distributors is given in the book as

Applause Books
406 Vale Road
Tonbridge (Kent) TN9 1XR
Tel 01732 357755
Fax 01732 770219

The US address is
211 West 71st St
New York NY 10023
Tel (212) 595 4735
Fax (212) 721 2856

For academic works on literary topics published in the US I have found
the Seminary Co-op Bookstore very valuable:

5757 S. University Ave
Chicago, IL 60637
Tel (312) 752 4381
Fax (312) 752 8507
email  
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They will mail books overseas, they inform at once on availability, and
orders can be paid by credit card. They accept email orders from members
too, and from potential future members.

Since we are on the topic, I would point out that scholars in the US or
elsewhere wishing to order books published in the UK will find the
Blackwells Bookstore page on the WWW 'visit to the Oxford bookshop' very
useful, since it gives access to their complete stocklist, volumes you
want to order can be marked, then at checkout a secure link allows you
to transmit credit card details; people living far away will find the
mailing option "Accelerated Surface Mail" extremely useful, since it
gives the speed of airmail for little more than the price of regular
surface mail.  It is so easy that it is quite dangerous!

PS: I failed to mention that the Applause facsimile is a photographic
reproduction with the pages reduced to about 90% the size of the
originals with an appendix listing the various copies of the folio used
for various pages. Br Anthony

Br Anthony (An Sonjae)
Sogang University
Seoul, Korea

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From:           Peter Donaldson <
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Date:           Friday, 28 Feb 97 11:03:34
Subject: 8.0283  Qs: Facsimiles
Comment:        Re: SHK 8.0283  Qs: Facsimiles

Though Shakespearean Originals reprint the text of the Folio or earliest
quarto of the plays in the series, I wouldn't regard them as
type-facsimiles, which usually reproduce in later type the layout of the
page, rule lines, ornaments, and other details.

The Applause Facsimile is very similar to the Hinman facsimile and
follows its choices of Folio pages to reproduce for all but a handful of
pages, which are taken from New York Public copies.  It is reduced in
size and is a paperback.

The 1968 Norton facsimile can sometimes be found at used bookstores. I
bought one last year in pretty good condition for $50.

I've bought quarto photofacsimiles for as little as $4, but have seen
them for 10 times that, especially near Stratford, England (Shakespeare
country, they explained).

The new Norton is expensive, but well worth the expense. There is a new
and substantial introduction by Peter Blayney.

Peter Donaldson
 

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