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Re: Hamlet Q1 and Q2
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.0023  Wednesday, 3 January 2001

From:           Annalisa Castaldo <
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Date:           Wednesday, 3 Jan 2001 09:04:32 -0500
Subject: 12.0006 Hamlet Q1 and Q2
Comment:        RE: SHK 12.0006 Hamlet Q1 and Q2

Q2 was published in 1604 and has been known since that time. Q1 has a
much more mysterious history. It was published in 1603 for Nicholas Ling
and John Trundell, but all copies were lost at some point (I assume that
"Q2" was known as "Q1" for those years). In 1823 a single copy of Q1 was
found by Sir Henry Bunbury. It was missing the last page, but
fortunately, 33 years later, a second copy was turned up at a used
bookstore in Dublin. This copy is missing the title page, but has the
last page, so the two together allow for a complete copy. To date, these
are the only two copies that have ever been found.

Annalisa Castaldo
Temple University
 

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