During this year’s Virginia Arts of the Book Center Raucous Auction, you have the chance to bid on one of only five leather-bound editions of The Bad Quarto, the VABC Annual Members Project in 2015. The Bad Quarto is a collaborative hand-bound artist’s book that explores the first publication of Shakespeare’s Hamlet. The VABC’s creation is a 68-page, cloth-bound production of the play featuring digital and traditional printing methods.
Early scholars considered this version of Hamlet as one of the “stol’n and surreptitious copies, maimed and deformed by frauds and stealths of injurious impostors.” Scholars today regard it more often as an early draft. In creating their version of The Bad Quarto, VABC attempts to visually and textually explore this controversial artifact.
To bid or not to bid… visit VABC’s online auction site to place a bid online and buy tickets to attend the live auction on November 18, 2017, in Charlottesville!