The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.2106 Wednesday, 1 December 1999.
Date: Tuesday, 30 Nov 1999 12:45:17 -0500
Subject: First Folios (again)
I know I'm very late on this one, and I understand that none of the
facsimiles is in fact an equivalent of a real authentic First Folio.
However, I was quite excited to find a reasonably priced copy (I think
it is the Yale version) in a used bookstore. If I understood most of
the previous discussion, it seemed to focus on if any of these
facsimiles actually reproduced an actual first folio, but I wasn't clear
on the objection to using an idealized version. Given the unlikelyhood
of finding an authentic First Folio in a used bookstore, I was trying to
understand the objection to using the facsimile to get an understanding
of what the first published version looked like. Particular concerns
with the Yale version are of interest to me as well.