James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps was responsible for one of the most beautiful and most expensive complete editions of Shakespeare in the nineteenth century. In this talk Professor Paul Salzman will explain how the edition was put together, and how Halliwell-Phillipps created an extensive series of scrapbooks to help with his annotation, creating them in part through a process of slicing pages out of old books, including a number of Shakespeare quarto and folios. Professor Salzman will speak about about the way Shakespeare was edited in general in the nineteenth century, a time when approaches to editing combined with the elevation of Shakespeare into the role of national and indeed international icon.
Paul Salzman FAHA is an Emeritus Professor of English Literature at La Trobe University. He has published widely on early modern literature; his most recent book is Literature and Politics in the 1620s: ‘Whisper’s Counsells’ (2014).