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The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0073  Monday, 18 February 2013


From:        Mark Alcamo < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >

Date:         February 15, 2013 2:37:03 PM EST

Subject:     Quality Paper


I have seen a First Folio and was impressed with how well it held up for being almost 400 years old. I have since looked online at a few play quarto facsimiles and they also looked in relatively good condition.


My question for this forum is, was the paper used for the Folio essentially the same as for the quartos, or was the quality of the paper used noticeably different? 


Additionally, was there any general improvement in the paper used between 1600 and 1620?


I have perused some articles about the Elizabethan print industry and understand the paper was ‘rag paper’ and it was all imported from the continent, but I haven’t found any reference to different grades of paper, (just colors of paper).


Thanks for any assistance provided.


Best Regards,

Mark Alcamo


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