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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 that is included in the set is the West 210. It has the bookplates of the Hagley Hall Library 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 have been repaired to preserve the original.

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 in `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.)

Replacement of images (Feb. 19, 2018)

Image files of the MUSC Second Folio from #81 to #908 were replaced on the 19th of February, 2018. During one of the research sessions in the Meisei rare books room on the second folio with joint researchers, it was discovered that the images for these pages were not those of the copy coded MR3571 as was intended, but those of another Second Folio copy coded MR1964. We apologize for this error and announce that it has been corrected. The complete set of image files of the copy coded MR1964 can be accessed HERE.


March 31, 2006


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