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Holinshed E-Text Going Online (Sometime)
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.1376  Friday, 2 July 2004

From:           Al Magary <
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Date:           Friday, 2 Jul 2004 03:07:07 -0700
Subject:        Holinshed E-Text Going Online (Sometime)

The Perseus Project at Tufts is gearing up to put Holinshed's Chronicles
online as electronic text, apparently with page facsimiles included.
The etext will be Sir Henry Ellis' collation of 1808 (the 1965 AMS
reprint is the one most commonly available in university libraries).
Ellis transcribed the 1587 edition and restored the text censored by the
Privy Council.  The facsimiles would be the high-resolution set of the
1587 edition produced by Penn's SCETI center.

Perseus' style is to make text searchable, via a somewhat eccentric
engine, and make the text barely browsable.  Hakluyt's Voyages, for
example, is cut up into a million little pieces, making browsing or
jumping about positively painful.  As well, some of their OCR'd texts
are less than reliable, though a whole lot better than the
Michigan/Cornell MOA etexts I've been complaining about like a churl.
(I just don't know why we're holding the Internet to such low standards
just because we can make the world flash in front of us so easily.  End
rant.)

Holinshed is listed as a forthcoming text in the overview of Renaissance
materials, but no completion date is given:

http://perseus.uchicago.edu/cgi-bin/ptext?doc=Perseus%3Atext%3A1999.03.0024

And searching on Holinshed produces the stray bits of sample text.  To
see how Perseus handles facsimiles, see the First Folio:

http://perseus.uchicago.edu/cgi-bin/ptext?doc=Perseus%3Atext%3A1999.03.0018

The Penn/Furness Shakespeare Library Holinshed facsimiles are of course
available at

http://dewey.library.upenn.edu/sceti/printedbooksNew/index.cfm?textID=holinshed_chronicle&PagePosition=1

Cheers,
Al Magary

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