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During March 2010...

This really annoys me!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010 2:53 pm

2 many post-its!

We all use things to mark pages in our books: receipts, slips of paper, brochures, tickets, paper clips, and Post-it Notes. Post-it Notes have an adhesive on them which transfers to the surface it is applied to. This adhesive residue, in turn picks up dirt or other foreign particles and cause them to stick to the book. I understand the need to mark a pages or pages in books one might be using as research materials. I don’t want to be harsh or mean, but please remove Post-it Notes from books before you turn them in. It’s better for the books and their future users, and it is a considerate thing to do.

Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, First Quarto Edition

Monday, March 15, 2010 1:50 pm

Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar

First Quarto Edition (1684)

Eighteen of Shakespeare’s plays were published in quarto editions – individual plays printed in small format – prior to the 1623 first collected edition (first folio) of Shakespeare’s works. Julius Caesar was not published in quarto until much later: the first edition, of which ZSR’s Special Collections holds a copy, did not appear until 1684.

The quarto format, so named because sheets from the printing press were folded into quarters to assemble the book, was the Renaissance equivalent of a modern trade paperback. Small, portable, and fairly cheap to produce, quartos were the standard format for plays, poems, and other non-scholarly works in 15th -and 16th -century Europe.

Julius Caesar was reprinted in quarto many times throughout the 1680s and 90s, a testament to the play’s great appeal for Restoration audiences. The first quarto edition includes, on the title page verso, a cast listing of the actors who appeared in a production at the Theatre Royal.

Wake Forest’s copy is from the library of Charles Henry Babcock. Babcock apparently purchased the book from the estate of Washington, D. C. lawyer Frank J. Hogan, who had the volume bound in red morocco leather by Rivière.

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