The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 19.0547 Saturday, 13 September 2008
Date: Wednesday, 10 Sep 2008 09:08:38 -0500
Subject: 19.0536 The Material Text: Shakespeare's Sonnets
Comment: RE: SHK 19.0536 The Material Text: Shakespeare's Sonnets
>I'm working on a dramatic project that involves Shakespeare's Sonnets,
>and although I know a lot about the Sonnets and various Sonnet
>theories, I know very little about the book itself. What I find myself
>wanting know is, if I walked into a bookshop in 1609 what would I
>see? Why would I buy Shakespeare's Sonnets? Who did buy the book?
>What did the book look like? How big was it? How heavy? Would it be
>appropriate for a gift?
>I own a facsimile copy of the First Folio, but I've not come across a
>similar version of the Sonnets. The only facsimile version I've found
>is Stephen Booth's, but it does little to satisfy my tactile curiosity
>about the book. Also, it isn't reproduced as the book actually was
>like my folio facsimile. Is there any place in New York City were you
>may be able to view an original?
>Suggestions as to how I can expand my knowledge about this aspect of
>the Sonnets would be appreciated. Paintings, even if they are details, of
>what bookshops may have looked like in 1609 would be helpful. Anything
>that will give me a sense of how the book physically compared to those
>around it would be helpful.
Scolar Press (20 Main St., Menston, Yorkshire, England) issued a facsimile of
the 1609 Sonnets in 1970. I'm not sure if it's still in print, but perhaps you
can find one through one of the many book-finding services.
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