The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.0044 Monday, 10 January 2000.
From: Steven Marx <
Date: Friday, 07 Jan 2000 07:04:25 -0800
Subject: Re: Shakespeare's Fight with the Pirates
The lottery was won by #7, David Kathman.
1. [from a sister university]
Greetings from the other Cal Poly.
I know that book, but I've never actually read it. I really would like
to have it, as 1) my work is on theater history and the history of
theater history 2) I'm revising a chapter of my dissertation which
involves the First Folio and printing and 3) I'm a brand new professor
and have got hardly any reference books of my own yet.
Is that convincing?
Best of luck to you starting the new quarter--
2. [from an acquaintance who lives in an adjoining small town]
Steve, if you send that book to Leons, I'd probably just end up buying
3. [from San Francisco Bay Area]
Re: Pollard's Shakespeare's Fight with the Pirates, I don't know if I
am deserving, but I would like the volume if there a more compelling
claimant does not come forward.
I have been studying the case for and against New Bibliography for the
months. I have read Hoppe, Alexander, Coe, essays by Greg, Maguire,
reviews of Maguire,
and a couple answering articles, including one in the most recent
Shakespeare Quarterly. I have not consulted three important books on
this issue, two by Greg, and Pollard's, because I have been unable to
I don't know if I shall try to publish, I don't have an adequate grasp
of the data yet, but I have begun three lists - and I do mean begun.
This idea came recently, so I need to read everything again, at least
one more time, possibly more.
One, reasons asserting New Bib that have NOT been adequately answered
(not many, but they are quite real).
Two, good reasons for rejecting New Bib, a somewhat longer list.
Three, arguments against it, that can equally be used as arguments for
it, and so prove nothing, even though Maguire tends to take them as
Pollard's is one of the key texts in this debate, so I'll certainly
study it if I can ever find a copy.
There is my pitch. I'd love the book, but if someone has a better
reason for having it, I sincerely hope you give the book to them.
Whoever can make the greatest contribution should have it.
As a regular used bookstore trader - we are blessed with many in the
area, one benifet of a university town - I am impressed at your
willingness to give it away. If you give the book to me I hope you will
at least let me pay for the postage.
all the best,
4. [from Maryland]
Dear Steven Marx,
From a humble amateur Shakespeare scholar. I have been studying
Shakespeare independently for many years (like 30), so have no academic
standing in this, but I have been reading the Pollard works, getting
them via inter-library loan. I would be willing to pay you for this
volume. Whether it is a deserving home is hard to say, but it would be a
loving home. For a fair market price, you might place it in the
Amazon.com auctions with a description of its condition.
I searched Bibliofind.com just now and received 2 entries:
POLLARD, Alfred W.: SHAKESPEARE'S FIGHT WITH THE PIRATES and the
problems of the transmission of his text. ; Cambridge. University Press.
1937. pp. xxviii, 110. Small 8vo. Quarter cloth, paper spine label.
Spine Faded. 2nd edition, revised with an Introduction. Offered for
sale by Alex Alec-Smith Books at