The Works of William Shakespeare: In Reduced Facsimile from the Famous First Folio Edition of 1623 (Classic Reprint)
Fb&c Limited, Mar 3, 2017 - 962 pages
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Several instances Heminge and Condell used printed copies of the old quarto editions, in which were certain manuscript alterations, some of the latter being valuable, but others. The reverse. Horne Tooke, indeed, inconsiderately followed by numerous others, goes so far as to say that the First Folio is the only edition worth regarding; adding, it is much to be wished that an edition of Shakespeare were given literatihz according to the First Folio, which is now become so scarce and dear that few persons can obtain it; for, by the presumptuous license of the dwarfish commentators, we risk the loss of Shake speare's genuine text which that Folio assuredly contains, notwithstanding some few slight errors of the press. Horne Tooke was not so well read as were the commentators, none of whom could have exhibited such an entire ignorance of the value of the Quartos. Every one, however, who has really studied the question, must admit that his opinion is correct in regard to no inconsiderable portion of the F olio'volume, and that, even in those cases in which the texts of 'the Quartos are on the whole to be preferred, no student of Shakespeare could possibly dispense with' incessant references to the collective.
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