The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 19.0312 Thursday, 22 May 2008
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!)
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