Posted By Roger Stritmatter on March 29, 2011
As regular readers are aware, I have been holding off from making use of any of the many photos from the de Vere Bible in my possession until such time as I could cover the fees requested by the Folger Library for their use.
As fate would have it, a long delayed package arrived today from England in my Baltimore office on North Avenue. By all accounts this was its fourth voyage across the Atlantic in search of a recipient.
It contained not only a copy of the delightfully appointed new publication on the Cobb portrait (on which, of course, more anon) issued by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust fund under the imprimatur of several leading scholars, among them none other than James Shapiro and Stanley Wells, but also a check for $200 dollars to support the purchase of rights to reproduce the first of said Folger images.
Since the sender did not give me permission to use her official name in public, I will for the present conceal her identity but simply add, “thank you ~~~little^raft^^in the ~~rapids^^^.” — And FINISH that DISS, hear me?
I do remember that incredibly tall beer. Your boat has arrived and your gift will not go unclaimed.
Everyone else, look for some photos soon.