The editor and forger John Payne Collier (1789–1883) claimed to have discovered a Second Folio of Shakespeare which had been 'corrected' in a mid-seventeenth-century hand. He published this catalogue of the emendations, including his commentary on them, in 1852. Collier then presented the so-called 'Perkins Folio' to the Duke of Devonshire, whose successor allowed it to be loaned in 1859 to the British Museum, where a thorough examination exposed it as a forgery. A storm of controversy followed and three of the key documents in the debate, all published in 1860, are also reissued here: 'An Inquiry into the Genuineness of the Manuscript Corrections in Mr. J. Payne Collier's Annotated Shakspere Folio, 1632' by Nicholas Hamilton (d.1915), assistant keeper of manuscripts at the British Museum; Collier's attempt to refute Hamilton's findings; and 'A Review of the Present State of the Shakespearian Controversy' by Thomas Duffus Hardy (1804–78).
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- Date Published: May 2013
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9781108059459
- length: 872 pages
- dimensions: 229 x 152 x 49 mm
- weight: 1.26kg
- contains: 2 colour illus.
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
Notes and emendations to the text of Shakespeare's plays
An inquiry into the genuineness of the manuscript corrections in Collier's annotated Shakespeare
Mr Collier's reply to Mr Hamilton's 'Inquiry'
A review of the present state of the Shakespearian controversy.
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