A First Folio – of all things!
Just imagine – you are dusting off old tomes, you start work on a supposedly dull XVIII Century manuscript, and… First Folio.
How very breath-taking. Quite the stuff dreams are made of…
Here are a few links to see what the press has to say on the matter.
BBC News first, then the New York Times, and the Independent, and France 24 – after all, they found it – all of them understandably awestruck. And then, interestingly, there is the Times Literary Supplement, rather wondering what all the fuss is about.
And yes, I’ll admit that everthing Michael Caines says is true enough – but one cannot help suspecting he is playing contrarian. Never mind how many other First Folios are already in our possession, or how many are still out there, misplaced and waiting to be found – I, for one, find it very hard to resist the combination of Shakespeare’s name, treasure-hunt and fairy-tale feel…
Once upon a time, there was a book. Coated in the dust of centuries, it slept in the little library of an old town by the sea…
It may not be a true holy grail, but it makes for a damned good story, don’t you think?
- Shakespeare first folio surfaces in France (teleread.com)
- Copy of Shakespeare’s First Folio Discovered by a Librarian in France (nerdalicious.com.au)
- Shakespeare First Folio found in French library (theguardian.com)
- Unknown Shakespeare folio unearthed in northern France (panarmenian.net)
- Man finds ultra rare Shakespeare First Folio from the 1600s (theweek.com)
- Shakespeare First Folio discovered in French library (whitenewsnow.com)
Its like Shakespeare speaking to us from beyond. There is something truly magical about it don’t you think? 🙂
la Clarina said:
Oh yes! Whenever something like this emerges, there is this feel of someone long dead reaching out to us through the centuries. “See? This is how we did it, back in our day. This is who and what we were. Hear us, will you?”
And it is not even just Will himself, in this case. There’s Heminges & Condell, and whoever was Nevill the owner, and whoever annotated the book… and there’s the riddle of who and why tore out the frontespice…
Most definitely magical. 🙂
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Miracles do happen! 🙂