Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies: A Facsimile of the First Folio, 1623 Paperback – Facsimile, 21 May 1998
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At present this is the only facsimile edition of the Shakespeare folio available. With its relatively affordable price and availability the Routledge facsimile is an attractive edition of Shakespeare for readers, but there are short comings to this facsimile.
This is a reprint of a facsimile, and the one chosen, though interesting in many ways has a distinct disadvantage. The Routledge reprint is made from Halliwell-Phillips's facsimile published in 1887. The Halliwell-Phillips facsimile was a popular edition, not a scholarly one. It is by far the smallest of the facsimile editions of the first folio. The facsimile pages are less than half the size of the original pages. The distortion that previous reviewers have written about is very real. The distortion comes from the process used by Halliwell Phillips, which I believe was photo-lithography and then the reduction of the page size. Here in the Routledge edition those pages are then re-enlarged. This distortion could have been avoided if the full size Staunton facsimile of 1866 or Booth's very accurate print facsimile was the basis of this edition. You should keep this distortion in mind when you read this reprint.
There are unique variants preserved in this facsimile. Of the facsimiles this facsimile is the only one to show a variant from Richard III. There is a line from Richard III (V.3.13) which correctly ends "the adverse faction want." In this facsimile the line ends "the adverse faction went." I also found a variant that I could not find listed any where. On the last page of the Shakespeare folio there is a colophon: "Printed at the charges of W. Jaggard, Ed. Blout, I. Smithweeke, and W. Asply, 1623." This colophon does not appear in this facsimile.
With so many modernized editions of Shakespeare's plays available why would a anyone want to read a facsimile edition? I confess that I have a growing impatience with modern editors and editions of Shakespeare. All too often I am unconvinced by the conclusions modern editors have. All too often when I am suspicious of a line in a play, and when I check the line in a facsimile edition I see that the editor has changed it. I find that I do not have this irritation when I read a facsimile edition rather than a modernized one. If you are looking for an authoritative edition of Shakespeare's plays as they appeared in the first folio this facsimile fills the bill.
L. Stenner, New York, NY