The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 8.0778.  Sunday, 20 July 1997.

From:           Hardy M. Cook <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Sunday, July 20, 1997
Subject:        New on the SHAKSPER Fileserver: LEAR QUARTO1

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                      The Historie of King Lear
                         Quarto Version, 1608

Etext Editor's note:

This is an electronic text transcription of the 1608 First Quarto, or
 Bull Quarto," of KING LEAR.  It reproduces the text of the "corrected"
 formes, that is the text as it appeared on the invariant formes or
 that were corrected during the printing process.  No extant version
 contains only invariant and corrected formes so this is not a
recreation of
 any one existing text.  I have consulted several of the published photo
 facsimiles of the First Quarto, but must confess I have never had the
 opportunity to examine any of the twelve extant specimens of the First
 Quarto.   I am particularly indebted to Michael Warren's _The Complete
 Lear: 1608-1623_ and urge anyone whose interest is aroused by this
 transcription to consult his remarkable edition, an outstanding
 in Shakespeare textual studies.

I have sought to recreate all spelling, lineation, stage directions, and
 line assignments just as they appear in the Quarto.  The forme
 that were printed in the Quarto are preserved along with the key words
 indicate the first word of the next page.  Alert readers will note that
 of the key words is misspelled, as it is in the original.

My only additions to the text appear at the end of each quarto page.
There I
 have inserted the forme number in brackets, act, scene, and line
 from the Riverside Shakespeare in parentheses and three dashes,  " - -
- ",
 to indicate the page division.  At the top of each page I have repeated
 Quarto's page heading: "The Historie of King Lear. " just as it appears
 the original.

The conversion to ASCII necessitated some sacrifices.  I could not
 the text that was set in italic in the Quarto.  I considered using some
 sort of identification as I did in my etext transcription of Colly
 RICHARD III, but decided that the page would be too cluttered.  I
intend to
 convert this text, and my Collly Cibber transcription,  to HTML and
 then be able to restore the italics.  The HTML edition will also
 links to the uncorrected versions of variant lines.  These uncorrected
 lines are listed at the end of the text.

The diacritical marks that usually indicate an omitted "n" or "m"
 another problem.  I could not enter a tilde (~) over any vowel but "o"
 where that is used in the original to indicate an "m" or "n" after an
 "e", or "u" it is indicated by a circumflex (^).  The three instances
 the circumflex appears over an "o" it indicates a stressed "o" and
 as a circumflex in the original.

This project grew out of my work on my Masters Essay at Columbia
 under the supervision of Professor David Scott Kastan.  I gratefully
 acknowledge his encouragement to closely examine original printed texts
 his exacting academic standards and absolve him of any blame for my own
 errors and misjudgments.

I invite any suggestions or corrections from SHAKESPERians.  Please
email me
 at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
                                                     - - -

                        M. William Shak-speare:

                True Chronicle Historie of the Life and
                     death of King LEAR and his three

             With the unfortunate life of Edgar, sonne
             and heire to the Earle of Gloster, and his
                         sullen and assumed humor of
                                  TOM of Bedlam:

 As it was played before the Kings Maiestie at Whitehall upon
             S. Stephans night in Christmas Hollidayes.

       By his Maiesties seruants playing vsually at the Gloabe
                                 on the Bancke-side.

Printed for Nathaniel Butter, and are to be sold at his shop in Pauls
               Church-yard at the signe of the Pide Bull neere
                                St. Austins Gate. 1608

                                               - - -

                           M. William Shak-speare
                              Historie, of King Lear.

           Enter Kent, Gloster, and Bastard.

I thought the King had more affected the Duke of Al-
bany then Cornwell.
   Glost. It did allwaies seeme so to vs, but now in the
diuision of the kingdomes, it appeares not which of
the Dukes he values most, for equalities are so weighed, that cu-
riositie in neither, can make choice of eithers moytie.
   Kent.  Isn t this your sonne my Lord?
   Glost. His breeding sir hath beene at my charge, I haue so of-
ten blusht to acknowledge him, that now I am braz'd to it.
   Kent. I cannot conceiue you.
   Glost. Sir, this young fellowes mother Could, wherupon she
grew round wombed, and had indeed Sir a sonne for her cradle,
ere she had a husband for her bed, doe you smell a fault?
   Kent. I cannot wish the fault vndone, the issue of it being so
   Glost. But I have sir a sonne by order of Law, some yeare el-
der then this, who yet is no deerer in my account  , though this
knaue came something sawcely into the world before hee was
sent for, yet was his mother faire, there was good sport at his
makeing &the whoreson must be acknowledged,do you know
this noble gentleman Edmund?

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