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Doctored Facsimiles
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.2134  Friday, 3 December 1999.

From:           John Velz <
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Date:           Friday, 03 Dec 1999 02:08:25 -0600
Subject:        Doctored Facsimiles

A. D. Murphy and Louis Marder comment on the Yale Facsimile as a
doctored text.  True, true.  One of the editors went off to Europe and
left the other to see it through the press and he botched the job.
Embarrassing.  The students at Yale promptly dubbed the result "The Bad
Folio" (as in "Bad Quarto").

I doubt not that Lee doctored his facsimile; doctoring was the fashion
in the early years of the (barely) present century.  The Methuen
facsimile of F1 which appeared in 1910 was definitely "sophisticated",
as such doctoring is called.  Details in J.H.P. Pafford Notes and
Queries n.s. 13 (1966), 126-127.  See also SQ 20 (1969), 95-98 for
evidence that the Second Folio done by Methuen in 1909 was doctored in
fifteen readings.

Yours for reliable facsimiles,
John
 

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