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The Material Text: Shakespeare's Sonnets
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 19.0556  Thursday, 18 September 2008

[1] From:   Matthew Cossolotto <
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     Date:   Saturday, 13 Sep 2008 20:49:58 -0400
     Subj:   RE: SHK 19.0547 The Material Text: Shakespeare's Sonnets

[2] From:   William Godshalk <
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     Date:   Saturday, 13 Sep 2008 21:13:01 -0400
     Subj:   Re: SHK 19.0536 The Material Text: Shakespeare's Sonnets

[3] From:   Jack Heller <
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     Date:   Monday, 15 Sep 2008 17:05:04 -0400 (EDT)
     Subj:   Re: SHK 19.0547 The Material Text: Shakespeare's Sonnets


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From:       Matthew Cossolotto <
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Date:       Saturday, 13 Sep 2008 20:49:58 -0400
Subject: 19.0547 The Material Text: Shakespeare's Sonnets
Comment:    RE: SHK 19.0547 The Material Text: Shakespeare's Sonnets

Regarding Walter Cannon's questions about the 1609 Sonnets publication . . . I 
would also like to know the answers to his questions if anybody has information 
they'd like to share. Specifically, does anybody have solid evidence indicating 
that any contemporaries in 1609 actually bought a copy of the Sonnets?

Do scholars know anything about the provenance of the 13 extant copies?

Many thanks,
Matthew Cossolotto

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From:       William Godshalk <
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Date:       Saturday, 13 Sep 2008 21:13:01 -0400
Subject: 19.0536 The Material Text: Shakespeare's Sonnets
Comment:    Re: SHK 19.0536 The Material Text: Shakespeare's Sonnets

Michael Allen and Kenneth Muir edited Shakespeare's Plays in Quarto: A Facsimile 
Edition of Copies Primarily from the Henry E. Huntington Library (Los Angeles, U 
California P, 1981. This volume does NOT contain the Sonnets, but it should give 
you an idea of what a quarto looks like, though the Sonnet quarto is smaller 
than the quartos of the plays.

It has been suggested that Shakespeare's Sonnets was a vanity publication with 
Shakespeare putting up the capital. If indeed he did have the Sonnets printed 
for his particular friends, he probably also had some copies especially bound. 
Other copies may have been bound less elaborately and still others may have 
remained in paper without leather binding.

There is some evidence that Shakespeare's plays were or would be collectible 
(even if not very profitable to the booksellers), and perhaps readers did 
"scramble for them."

On the other hand, it may have been otherwise.

Bill

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From:       Jack Heller <
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Date:       Monday, 15 Sep 2008 17:05:04 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: 19.0547 The Material Text: Shakespeare's Sonnets
Comment:    Re: SHK 19.0547 The Material Text: Shakespeare's Sonnets

I had not replied to this because I expected the easy answer to be submitted 
several times. Anyway, there is a cd-rom with a facsimile of a copy of the 1609 
edition of the Poems, along with supplementary materials on the text's 
historical available from Octavo.com

Jack Heller

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