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Extant Copies of the Q1609 Sonnets (Resending)
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 19.0312  Thursday, 22 May 2008

From:        John Briggs <
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Date:        Wednesday, 21 May 2008 23:13:00 +0100
Subject: 19.0309 Extant Copies of the Q1609 Sonnets
Comment:     Re: SHK 19.0309 Extant Copies of the Q1609 Sonnets

Carter Hailey wrote:

 > If a fresh collation of the thirteen known copies of the 1609 Sonnets
 > is thought desirable, the most reliable and potential useful procedure
 > would be to use a high-resolution digital facsimile of one copy as a
 > control which, displayed on a laptop computer screen, should then be
 > collated against all physical copies using either the McLeod or
 > Hailey's COMET portable optical collator. (I will immodestly claim
 > that the latter is more easily adaptable to this procedure.)
 > Facsimiles should not be multiplied beyond necessity.


And I disagree. It would be far better to make digital photographs of all copies 
and compare the digital images, blinking them electronically. This was done back 
in 2000 by a Japanese team for the Gutenberg Bible, again looking for variants.
Disappointingly, their own copy was very uninteresting from that point of view. 
(They took a massive state-of-the-art digital camera round the globe -- it 
required a military export licence!)

John Briggs

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