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  • But why all this fuss about Shakespeare?:text, transmission, and technology

    Pip WillcoxBodleian Libraries, University of Oxford

    @pipwillcox

    Bodleian First Folio, Title page, f.A1+1r

    Bodleian LibrariesU N I V E R S I T Y O F OX F O R D

    Vers une littrature mondiale lheure numrique?30 September2 October 2015Bibliothque nationale de France et luniversit Paris-Sorbonne

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  • http://www.princeton.edu/~danson/Lit131/HANDBOOK/Swan.htm

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    Early modern theatre: a co-creation

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  • http://shakespeare.berkeley.edu/index.php?option=com_g2bridge&view=gallery&Itemid=256&g2_itemId=16938Will

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    Early modern theatre: a co-creation

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  • Bodleian LibrariesU N I V E R S I T Y O F OX F O R D

    1623

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    Bodley: plays in quarto as baggage books, riff-raffe, idle books

    Presented by the consortium of printers, or John Hemminge and Henry Condell?

    Under the 1610 agreement with the Stationers Company?

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  • William Wildgoose, bookbinderB

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    A consignment of 10 books

    Strong, plain brown leather

    Recycled paste-downs:Ciceros De Officiis (~1480-1485)Bod-Inc. C-322

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  • 1624

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  • 1624

    "Engraving of Arts End, Duke Humfrey's Library" by David Loggan - http://rycote.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/?location_id=176. Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons - http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/

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    Arts End, Bodleian LibraryDavid Loggan, Oxonia Illustrata, 1675

    Bodleian LibrariesU N I V E R S I T Y O F OX F O R D

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  • A (partially) well-read bookBo

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  • An unexplained departure

    http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/16898http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/14034

    Bodleian LibrariesU N I V E R S I T Y O F OX F O R D

    The Third Folio is published, 1663/4

    Thomas Lockey, Librarian, 1660 1665

    not altogether fit for that office

    Rcd of Mr Ri: Davis for Superfluous Library Bookes [...] 24

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    negligent if not incapable

  • Bodleian LibrariesU N I V E R S I T Y O F OX F O R D

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    Falconer Madan, Deputy Librarian

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  • 1905

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    Madan, Gibson and Turbutt, The Original Bodleian Copy of the First Folio of Shakespeare (The Turbutt Shakespeare), Oxford: 1905

    Bibliographical Society lecture

    Review in The Times

    The Athenum, 25 February 1905

    Bodleian Library Records, c. 1260

  • 1905

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    E.W.B. Nicholson, Bodleys Librarian, 1882 1912

    Offered to buy the First Folio for the Library at its market value

  • 1905

    Bodleian LibrariesU N I V E R S I T Y O F OX F O R D

    E.W.B. Nicholson, Bodleys Librarian, 1882 1912

    Offered to buy the First Folio for the Library at its market value

    An anonymous offer of 3,000

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  • 1905

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    E.W.B. Nicholson, Bodleys Librarian, 1882 1912

    Offered to buy the First Folio for the