Sotheby’s will be auctioning off one of the few complete copies of the First Folio (a small run of 18 of Shakespeare’s plays). A private British organization is selling it – taking a hard decision to try to keep themselves afloat financially.
It’s all very interesting (well, to me it is) but what I find particularly interesting is a little detail that only a couple of newspapers have picked up on.
Many articles mention the notations that are scribbled throughout the folio – underlinings, corrections, etc. – and many stories quote experts who have possible explanations for who that person might be.
Sotheby’s manuscript expert notes rather sniffily that that was probably the work of a rude child.
Enlightening, though, to note that while Shakespeare’s work is indeed not for an age but for all time… so, apparently, is the humor in rude jokes. Hee hee.