The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.1490  Tuesday, 10 August 2004

From:           Hardy M. Cook <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Tuesday, August 10, 2004
Subject:        Extant Copies of Q1 Lucrece

Dear SHAKSPEReans,

I had a wonderful time at the International Conference at Stratford and
had a productive time at the Bodleian Library and the British Library.

I have been investigating press variants in Q1 _Lucrece_ for my edition
of The Poems, and I wonder if anyone can assist me to fill in some
blanks in my knowledge.

The English Short Title Catalogue identifies eleven extant copies of Q1
_Lucrece_ (STC 22345):

  1. British Library: C.21.c.45
  2. British Library: Grenville 11178
  3. Bodleian Library: Malone 34 (Arch. G d.41 (1)
  4. Bodleian Library: Malone 886 (Arch. G e.32 (2)
  5. Folger Shakespeare Library: W. A. White (Copy 1)
  6. Folger Shakespeare Library: Devonshire (Copy 2)
  7. Folger Shakespeare Library: W. H. Crawford (Copy 3)
  8. Huntington Library
  9. Elizabethan Club, Yale University
10. Sion College Library
11. Kraus, New York City

I have now consulted the three copies at the Folger Library, the two
copies at the Bodleian Library, and the two copies at the British
Library, and have facsimiles of the Huntington and Yale copies.

I am interested in finding further information about the Sion College
Library copy and the Kraus copy, which are apparently in private hands.
It is my understanding that the Sion College copy was auctioned in 1989
as part of Sotheby's Bradley Martin sale and that the Kraus copy is
being liquidated since the closing of H.P. Kraus Rare Books after the
January 2003 death of the founder's widow Hanni Kraus, who ran the
business since H. P.'s death in 1988.

I would greatly appreciate any assistance, which I will regard as
private correspondence, that SHAKSPEReans might have about the current
location of these two copies.

Hardy M. Cook

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