When it was published in 1968, The Norton Facsimile set a new standard for scholarly accuracy. It was the first facsimile in which every page had been selected from a large number of copies in an attempt to find a clean, clear example with minimal show-through.
Even more important, it offered the latest, most corrected state of pages known to vary from copy to copy because of correction at press. Finally, it introduced a standard system of reference, "through line numbering," based on the lines printed in the 1623 edition rather than on the acts, scenes, and lines of a modern edition.
These improvements, the meticulous work of the great Folio scholar Charlton Hinman made possible by the extensive Folger Library Collection, established The Norton Facsimile as an indispensable volume for book collectors and serious readers of Shakespeare.
The First Folio of Shakespeare's plays, first published in 1623 (in a printing of roughly 750 copies), is a milestone in English theatrical, literary and printing history. It contains contemporary versions - from prompters' copies as performed at the Globe Theatre - of 36 plays, 18 printed for the first time, arranged by the original editors into sections titled Comedies, Histories and Tragedies. That volume was responsible for preserving accurate copies of the masterworks of England's greatest playwright. The late Professor Hinman used photographic techniques he had developed for US Air Force intelligence during World War II to produce an authoritative text facsimile with the corrected, cleanest and clearest copies of each page. The result is this magnificent full-size photographic facsimile, an exact reproduction of the original pages, published in a second edition (September 1996) in the original large format, in a slip case. It is a revelation, and as close as you will ever get to being able to handle and study the original, at a surprisingly affordable price. Review by BONNIE FALCONER Editor's note: Bonnie Falconer was formerly editor of the Good Book Guide. (Kirkus UK)
|Introduction to the First Edition|
|The First Folio and Its Contents: The Value and Authority of the Text|
|The Printing and Proofing|
|Introduction to the Second Edition|
|The First Folio and Its Publishers|
|The Players and Their Manuscripts|
|The Printing: Compositor Attributions|
|Mr. William Shakespeare's Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies||p. 1|
|Some Variant States of the Folio Text|
|Folger Copies Used|
|Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.|
Series: Facsimile Series
Format: Boxed, Slipcased or Casebound
Number Of Pages: 968
Published: 17th September 1996
Publisher: WW Norton & Co
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 38.0 x 25.0 x 6.0
Edition Number: 1