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Re: Facsimiles of the First Folio
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.0162  Wednesday, 24 January 2001

[1]     From:   Hardy M. Cook <
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        Date:   Wednesday, January 24, 2001
        Subj:   Facsimiles of the First Folio

[2]     From:   Christopher Moore <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 23 Jan 2001 14:55:37 -0800
        Subj:   First Folio Help

[3]     From:   Skip Nicholson <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 23 Jan 2001 15:49:58 -0800
        Subj:   RE: SHK 12.0149 Facsimiles of the First Folio


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From:           Hardy M. Cook <
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Date:           Wednesday, January 24, 2001
Subject:        Facsimiles of the First Folio

It was all I could do to refrain from responding yesterday to this
question.

>Several students have asked me about the relative merits of the 1st and
>2nd editions of the Norton facsimiles of the First Folio.  Could I get
>an overview of whether it would be wiser to purchase the 2nd edition
>with an intro by Peter Blayney or the earlier edition?

I own the original Applause First Folio (the one with the TLNs), and
both the first and second editions of the Norton Facsimile of the First
Folio. Both Nortons are clearly superior to the Applause edition, which
however is easier to photocopy because of its 90% reduced size. If you
own a first edition of the Norton, there is really no need to get the
second edition also; unless, of course, you suffer from similar
obsessive traits as I do. If the choice is between the first edition of
the Norton and the second, GO with the second edition.  Peter Blayney's
new introduction is worth the cost of the edition itself and the Norton
people of slightly lightened the pages so that the second edition is a
bit easier to read than the first.

Regarding the query below, I have recently written for a paper I will
deliver in April:

One of the most sophisticated electronic facsimiles I have worked with
is the Octavo First Folio, also derived from a copy at the Folger
Library.  Octavo's mission is to publish "rare books, manuscripts, and
antiquarian printed materials in technologically advanced digital
formats. Through partnerships with libraries, institutions, and
individual collectors, [Octavo makes] . . . rare editions accessible to
students, educators, scholars, bibliophiles, and the everyday book
lover" <http://www.octavo.com/octavo/index.html>.  This CD-ROM overflows
with valuable features and tools.  Its high-resolution PDF color images
can be viewed by the page.  The reader can then zoom in to see the
finest of details.  There is commentary by Arthur Freeman, introductory
essays by Stephen Orgel and A.R. Braunmuller, a digital version of Peter
W.M. Blayney's Folger Library monograph on the First Folio, descriptions
of the binding, collation, and provenance, an overview of the selection
and condition of the base text, and a note about the transcription of
the text.  The transcription enables searching text to access the
appropriate selection in the facsimile; then both the embedded text and
the facsimile text can be copied and printed.  And all of this for the
amazing introductory price of $16.23.

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From:           Christopher Moore <
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Date:           Tuesday, 23 Jan 2001 14:55:37 -0800
Subject:        First Folio Help

Does anyone on the list have the address for the cd-rom of the first
folio that was on sale.  If so please pass it along to me.  Thank you.

Christopher Moore

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From:           Skip Nicholson <
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Date:           Tuesday, 23 Jan 2001 15:49:58 -0800
Subject: 12.0149 Facsimiles of the First Folio
Comment:        RE: SHK 12.0149 Facsimiles of the First Folio

There is one edition of the First Folio facsimile at Amazon for a
discounted rate ($50 US) that's also in a discounted size (just under 8
1/2 x 11 inches). Caveat emptor. $75 The Octavo First Folio on CD-ROM is
still available for the introductory "First Folio-appropriate" price of
$16.23.  It, too, has a monograph by Peter Blayney on the printing of
the Folio. You can get the details at www.octavo.com.

Cheers,
Skip Nicholson
South Pasadena (CA) HS

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