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The Collation - The New Blog of the Folger Shakespeare Library

The Folger Library has started a new blog. The inaugural post explains the origin of the blog's name: Collation. This is a word with rich associations, many of which are of particular relevance to scholars. One definition refers to an intricate method of comparing copies of texts in search of differences.
Published on 22 Aug. 2011
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The Folger Library has started a new blog. The inaugural post explains the origin of the blog's name: Collation. This is a word with rich associations, many of which are of particular relevance to scholars. One definition refers to an intricate method of comparing copies of texts in search of differences.

“Especially in the early modern period, where textual variants are common in printed works because the press could be stopped at any point to make changes, one work–say, the 1623 edition of Shakespeare’s plays, commonly known as the First Folio - could exist in many different states. By comparing different copies of the same text, scholars can learn not only what the range of variants are, but maybe something about the ways in which a book was printed. It was for these reasons that Charlton Hinman developed what we now refer to as the Hinman Collator.”

The Hinman Collator will be on display through September 3 as part of the Fame, Fortune, and Theft: The Shakespeare First Folio exhibition at the Folger Library.

You will find new posts twice a week, featuring items from the collections, research being done by staff and readers, and glimpses into Folger programs. Check it out!

>>> The Collation

>>> Fame, Fortune, and Theft: The Shakespeare First Folio

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