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Re: First Folios
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.1464  Monday 23 August 1999.

[1]     From:   Hardy M. Cook <
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        Date:   Monday, August 23, 1999
        Subj:   Re: First Folios

[2]     From:   David J. Schalkwyk <
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        Date:   Friday, 20 Aug 1999 09:49:42 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 10.1451 Re: First Folios

[3]     From:   Gabriel Egan <
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        Date:   Friday, 20 Aug 1999 20:07:27 +0100
        Subj:   Re: SHK 10.1451 Re: First Folios


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From:           Hardy M. Cook <
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Date:           Monday, August 23, 1999
Subject:        Re: First Folios

The last sentence of Peter Blayney submission via Leslie Thomson should
have read:

"In summary: to anyone who wants a reproduction of unknown reliability
of the most degenerate state of a notoriously inaccurate facsimile of a
retouched and unreliable facsimile, and who wants it equipped with a
functionally innumerate reference system and an introduction by someone
who apparently thinks that the word "lineage" has something to do with
lineation, the Routledge facsimile may possibly seem to be better than
nothing."                                                         ^^^^
^^^^^^^

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From:           David J. Schalkwyk <
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Date:           Friday, 20 Aug 1999 09:49:42 -0500
Subject: 10.1451 Re: First Folios
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.1451 Re: First Folios

Leslie Thompson has given substantive reasons for why I should treat the
Routledge "First Folio" as a piece of fiction too.  Thanks.

David Schalkwyk

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From:           Gabriel Egan <
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Date:           Friday, 20 Aug 1999 20:07:27 +0100
Subject: 10.1451 Re: First Folios
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.1451 Re: First Folios

Terry Hawkes asks

>What is the Norton 'facsimile' a facsimile of?

That's easy: of the First Folio. But what's the First Folio?

If you think the First Folio is any one example of the many books, none
identical, printed as 'Mr William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, and
Tragedies' then, no, Hinman's book isn't a good reproduction of one of
these.

But I'm asserting that this isn't what anyone really means by the First
Folio. Paddington Bear, you might recall, complained at the bank that
the money he withdrew wasn't the money he'd put in (one of the notes
he'd handed over for safe keeping had a warm message from Aunt Lucy
written on it). He was wrong-fetishistic even-to expect others to imbue
the tokens in a system of exchange with an individual importance. It's
not good materialism to get so precious about the physical medium as to
forget that it really is only a medium.

If I order by InterLibrary Loan a copy of That Shakespeherian Rag and,
on arrival, its table of contents page has been ripped out, I don't
complain that I've been given something other than That Shakespehearian
Rag.  Rather, I complain that I have been given a defective one, which
implies a notional perfect copy. If somebody at the warehouse has torn
out all the table of contents pages, there's still a perfect one in the
minds of the publisher, the book designer, the reader and, indeed, in
your mind.  Materialism does not demand that ideas are less important
than their physical embodiments.

Gabriel Egan
 

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