The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.1770  Thursday, 20 October 2005

From: 		Bill Arnold <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date: 		Tuesday, 18 Oct 2005 16:08:27 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: 	Shakespeare Collection at the Huntington Library, California

In the Sunday, 16 oct 2005 books column by Scott Eyman, Palm Beach Post, 
appeared the following:

"To Be or Not to Be...

*Not Of An Age, But For All Time*(University of California Press) is a 
beautifully designed and bound book about the Shakespearean collection 
at the Huntington Library.  The basis of the collection dates from 1911, 
when the railroad magnate Henry Huntington purchased (for $750,000) a 
batch of material that included 12 Shakespeare folios, 37 quartos, and 
some rare first editions of Milton and Spenser.  Eighteen of 
Shakespeare's plays were published in his lifetime, in 42 varying 
editions.  The Huntington owns 35 of those editions, and four copies of 
the 240 copies that survive of the First Folio.  The book's text appears 
separately from the illustrations, which are largely 
*National-Geographic*-style photos of some of the rare holdings of the 
Huntington Library.  The text touches on textual authenticity, the 
question of authorship and many other attendant elements of 
Shakespeariana with admirable succinctness.  Certainly a worthy book-and 
a worthy research site."

Bill Arnold

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