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The First Folio of Shakespeare: The Norton Facsimile

by William Shakespeare

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Finely done, slightly reduced size facsimile of the Henry Huth copy of the First Folio at Yale University. Very useful for the general reader. ( )
  Cacuzza | Dec 5, 2013 |
Not a facsimile of a single copy, like the smaller-sized Yale facsimile. This one is made-up from multiple copies--"best pages" as it were. It has the advantage, however, of being full-sized. ( )
  Cacuzza | Nov 29, 2013 |
The Norton Facsimile. The First Folio of Shakespeare. Second Edition. First Edition, 11 October, 1968. Second Edition, 3 Sept 1996. The Norton Society Edition of the First Folio of Shakespeare in the Norton Facsimile is Limited to one Thousand Numbered Copies Bound by Smith Settle of Otley in Wassa Goatskin With Marble Paper Sides. This is copy number 805.' Stunning hand numbered elephant folio Limited Edition, xxxvii, 928pp. Immaculate as new appears freshly published, in bright gilt lettered half wassa goatskin leather, blind embossed over marbled boards. Great shelf presence with 5 gilt ruled raied bands and blind embossed compartments, top edge untouched glossy gilt. Interior clean tight sound square, firmly held in joints and hinges with crisp clean corners and edges and silk ribbon. Protected in original bright gilt lettered slipcase box with one small rub to tail of closed end, not intruding or detracting. A beautiful addition for reader and collector alike, and a great gift. May occasion additional postage overseas.
  Roger_Scoppie | Apr 3, 2013 |
The second edtion of the Norton Facsimile of the great 1623 First Folio of Shakespeare--certainly one of the most important books ever published, along with the King James Bible, published only a few years before this (1611). ( )
  edwin.gleaves | Mar 17, 2010 |
From the auction catalogue lot description:
....Lacking A1 verses to the reader, 32 leaves supplied in facsimile, including title, 9 preliminaries and final 4 leaves, cropped with some loss of headlines, few marginal repairs affecting text, some browning and staining.) 20th-century burgundy morocco gilt, green morocco lettering-pieces on front cover, edges gilt, by Birdsall (few minor scuffs); green cloth slipcase.

SHAKESPEARE'S SECOND FOLIO. The Second Folio is essentially a page-for-page reprint of the First, though Greg notes that while "many errors were introduced in the course of reprinting, the text of the present edition shows signs of careful, if unauthorized revision." Bartlett 120; Greg III, pp.1113-15; Pforzheimer 906; STC 22274. Sold not subject to return.
  DonaldandMaryHyde | Dec 24, 2009 |
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Charlton Hinman's facsimile of Shakespeare's First Folio was a colossal achievement when it was first published in 1968, and its reputation is further enhanced by this beautiful second edition. Looking for a way to provide scholars with a reliable version of Shakespeare's text, Hinman invented a device that sped up the collation process, allowing him to compare 82 of the surviving copies of the Folio and bring to light features of Shakespeare's work that have been--and continue to be--edited out of most modern editions. A Midsummer Night's Dream, for example, contains what are known as false starts, fragments of earlier versions of certain speeches. These traces of the composition process survive only because the printers, working directly from Shakespeare's handwritten copy, were not given a chance to thoroughly proofread their work. Though they would make crucial changes during the printing process, it was too wasteful to throw away pages that were already printed. Thus, when they went to bind the Folios, each book contained a fascinating patchwork of corrected and uncorrected copy.

Also hidden beneath the familiar text of the plays is a portrait of the printers who created the book. Their names remain unknown, but Professor Hinman was able to track individuals' work by examining their spelling habits. Their story is as important to this book as the works of literature that it contains. The many errors the printers introduced into the text of Shakespeare's work still provide fertile ground for theatrical and academic debate. Hamlet, for example, wishes that his "too, too solid flesh would melt."--or is it his "sullied" flesh, or perhaps his "sallied" flesh? Which is Shakespeare, and which is an error? We cannot blame the printers; they spent long hours setting page after page of tiny type, working in a cramped space that smelled strongly of the stale urine they used to soften the inking pads. It is ironic that the most revered symbol of English high culture owes its existence--in part, at least--to the productive bladders of a handful of pressmen. This book gives these men their due, demonstrating the extent to which Shakespeare's plays were the work not just of one man but of a whole society.

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