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Extant Copies of the Q1609 Sonnets
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 19.0316  Monday, 26 May 2008

[1] From:    Larry Weiss <
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     Date:    Saturday, 24 May 2008 14:14:06 -0400
     Subj:    Re: SHK 19.0314 Extant Copies of the Q1609 Sonnets

[2] From:    William Proctor Williams <
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     Date:    Saturday, 24 May 2008 22:18:40 -0400
     Subj:    Re: SHK 19.0314 Extant Copies of the Q1609 Sonnets


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From:        Larry Weiss <
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Date:        Saturday, 24 May 2008 14:14:06 -0400
Subject: 19.0314 Extant Copies of the Q1609 Sonnets
Comment:    Re: SHK 19.0314 Extant Copies of the Q1609 Sonnets

It appears from what Hardy quoted from the home page of Rare Book Room that the 
compilers of that site are not particularly familiar with Shakespearean 
bibliography issues. Hardy already notes that

 >The links on this page produce unusual results and are not to
 >be trusted to locate the texts associated with the work in the list.

In addition, the Rare Book Room homepage refers to:

 >quarto editions of plays such as _The Yorkshire Tragedy_ once
 >considered part of the Shakespeare canon.

I don't believe that the term "canon" can be used to describe the F3 reprint; 
the concept of a Shakespearean canon is much more modern

 >"This section contains ... the First Folio from the Folger
 >Shakespeare Library

Which one? I think the Folger has 81 copies, all containing variants.

 >several of the texts collected in the 1623 volume, _Mr William
 >Shakespeares Comedies, Histories & Tragedies_ -- commonly
 >known as the First Folio -- merely reprint the text found in the
 >earlier quarto.

Really?

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From:        William Proctor Williams <
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Date:        Saturday, 24 May 2008 22:18:40 -0400
Subject: 19.0314 Extant Copies of the Q1609 Sonnets
Comment:    Re: SHK 19.0314 Extant Copies of the Q1609 Sonnets

Larry Weiss's says, "This sounds like the device Charlton Hinman came up with; 
but I understand that all models of that device have been destroyed." That is 
not the case. I suggest a consultation of two articles by Steven Escar Smith in 
_Studies in Bibliography_: "'The Eternal Verities Verified': Charlton Hinman and 
the Roots of Mechanical Collation 53 (2000) 130-62 and "Armadillos of Invention: 
A Census of Mechanical Collators" 55 (2002) 134-170.

William Proctor Williams

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