image The National Art Library, V&A

The National Art Library, V&A
I took this photo from the windows of the silver collection, and then ended up sitting just behind the window of that third big arch on the left.

One of the best things about editing a play for which a handful of quartos are extant is that I get to visit some excellent libraries to handle the original printed texts. I’ve seen in person the copies held by the Folger Shakespeare Library, the National Library of Scotland, the British Library, the Houghton Library at Harvard University, and now the National Art Library at the Victoria & Albert Museum. [I still need to see two in the Bodleian and one in the Huntington. California sounds particularly nice this time of year.]

The most recent trip was to the V&A where a librarian said to me, ‘I envy you the day!’ and then actually, literally, joyfully galloped away. It was great.

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