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Enthusiasm is infectious.,
This review is from: The Shakespeare Thefts: In Search of the First Folios (Hardcover)
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)This is a rather nice little book which doesn't easily fall into an obvious category. Essentially it is a collection of anecdotes of both the history of particular First Folio editions of Shakespeare and the concerted efforts of Rasmussen and his team to catalogue them.
The results are mixed - from the downright hilarious tale involving the Pope to the rather sleepier encounters the author had on his quest. And despite the slight feeling that Rasmussen found some of these episodes far more memorable than I did doesn't take away from the truth that enthusiasm is infectious and I shall certainly take the opportunity to have a look at one of the First Folios on public display.
What did strike me whilst skimming the (excessively long) excerpt from Rasmussen's catalogue that appears in the book - asides from the imagined horror of actually trying to read it - was photography. Surely it would have been easier and more thorough to digitise all the copies with a summary of the notable features rather than painstakingly noting every blemish and scribble. But at least the stories that surround these special books can then be told and Rasmussen's skills as raconteur make this a quick and entertaining read.