The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.1635 Monday, 27 September 1999.
Date: Monday, 27 Sep 1999 09:33:22 +0100
Subject: 10.1611 Q: Globe Shakespeare
Comment: Re: SHK 10.1611 Q: Globe Shakespeare
I'm afraid I can't shed any light on Drew Whitehead's question-a quick
scan through the Hosley, Knowles & McGugan Variorum Handbook doesn't
turn up anything that answers to his description. Certainly, the
Cambridge/Globe was text was recycled in a variety of different ways.
Collins were producing complete Shakespeare's at least as early as 1900
(and quite possibly earlier).
Drew's observations about the Globe do, however, resonate with something
that has always puzzled me. The Globe is often spoken of as,
commercially, one of the most significant editions of the second half of
the C19th and much is made of it as the 'edition of Empire' (as it
were). In spite of this, however, in all my years of trawling through
second hand bookshops and, more recently, checking Bibliofind, I have
never yet encountered a copy of the Globe (in any edition, let alone the
1864 first edition). In the same span of time I've come across 3 copies
of the Globe Spenser. I wonder whether anyone might have any thoughts on
this? Is this a case of a popular edition that was well-used as a
reading text and so tended not to survive (like the cheap small-format
2nd, 3rd, etc editions of the major C18th editions)?