The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.1480 Tuesday 24 August 1999.
Date: Tuesday, 24 Aug 1999 06:53:52 -0400
Subject: Re: First Folios
Comment: SHK 10.1464 Re: First Folios
Dear Gabriel Egan,
1. You can't have a 'facsimile' of an idea. The notion of facsimile
presupposes a specific and exact relationship to the concrete, physical
qualities of a pre-existing material entity.
2. The Norton 'facsimile' has no such relationship to any Folio volume
that has ever been seen to exist, anywhere, at any time, by anybody.
3. That apart, it remains an impressive monument to a sprightly
transatlantic energy. As American as Old Glory, egg cream, and the Jelly
Roll Blues, Hinman's Folio ranks with Wanamaker's Globe as the sort of
enterprise that will tell future generations as much about the
ideological contours of our own century as about the past. Floreat!
PS: You'll have noted Stanley Wells's chilling revelation concerning
Hinman's standing as 'Kadi' . The term means 'judge' in the Muslim
world. I will plead benefit of clergy.