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About the MUSC Copy

The copy presented in the MUSC(the Meisei University Shakespeare Collection database) is the Second Folio copy shelf-marked `932.141 Sh 12 1632-21' and coded `MR 3571', sized 325x235 mm. It was acquired by the Library in 1990 as a copy in the set of four Folios previously owned by the 11th Viscount Cobham, Hagley Hall, Stourbridge, the First Folio copy of which set being West 210. It has the bookplates of the Library Hagley Hall pasted on the end paper and of Festina Lente on sig. πA2v. `To the Reader' (sig. πA1v) is obviously a facsimile, the title page (sig. πA2) is mounted on other paper, and the few subsequent preliminaries are given various repair works.

Annotations

The first two plays, The Tempest and The Two Gentlemen of Verona, in this copy are loaded with manuscript annotations in ink that consist of the Arabic numerals, nine types of symbols and of two transcripts of Johnson's notes, probably transcribed from his 1773 edition of Shakespeare. The annotations found in these texts have been transcribed by Noriko Sumimoto: `The Tempest and The Two Gentlemen of Verona: Annotations in a copy of the Second Folio of Shakespeare' (Research Bulletin of Meisei University, Humanities and Social Sciences Vol. 40 (2004), 173-79.)


March 31, 2006


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