The Bad Quarto Debuts at VABC’s 20th Anniversary Raucous Auction

Q1 Flyer 2Friday, Nov. 13, 5:30 – 8 PM
Virginia Arts of the Book Center

2125 Ivy Road

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Live Auction at 6:20 followed by Silent Auction (ends at 7:45)
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In celebration of 20 years as a community of artists exploring books, paper, printmaking, the Virginia Arts of the Book is proud to debut  its latest collaborative project, The Bad Quarto, at the Friday, November 13 Raucous Auction. The handbound artist’s book is an exploration of the first publication of Shakespeare’s Hamlet.

“The Bad Quarto” is a name applied to the first-known printing of the play (alias”Quarto 1″ or “Q1,” published 1603). Early scholars disdained this version as one of the “stol’n and surreptitious copies, maimed and deformed by frauds and stealths of injurious impostors.” Today’s scholars are more inclined to regard Q1 as either an early draft of the play or a “tourbook copy” edited for production by a small company of actors. (See differences in one soliloquy here.) In creating our own version of “The Bad Quarto,” we will be visually and textually exploring this controversial artifact.

A deluxe edition of the The Bad Quarto will be the feature of the annual Raucous Auction’s raffle. This year a ticket to the event ($20) will be available online and entitle the purchaser to:
-admission and bidding privileges to the Raucous Auction (wine, food, and fun!) or the online auction (bids will be taken up to 9/12/15)
-one raffle chance at the deluxe edition of The Bad Quarto (leather-bound)
-a limited-edition, letterpress Bad Quarto “playbill” keepsake (edition of 150)

The auction registration page is NOW OPEN for pre-bidding, and if you would like a sneak-peek at The Bad Quarto, some images of what’s to come are below:

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