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ffA 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…

Ah well.

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?