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Shakespeare's First Folio: Four Centuries of an Iconic Book

Emma Smith


This is a biography of a book: the first collected edition of Shakespeare’s plays printed in 1623 and known as the First Folio. It begins with the story of its first purchaser in London in December 1623, and goes on to explore the ways people have interacted with this iconic book over the four hundred years of its history. Throughout the stress is on what we can learn from individual copies now spread around the world about their eventful lives. From ink blots to pet paws, from annotations to wineglass rings, First Folios teem with evidence of its place in different contexts with different pri ... More

Keywords: Shakespeare, history of book, reception, collecting, cultural history, publishing, First Folio

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780198754367
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198754367.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Emma Smith, author
Fellow and Tutor in English, Hertford College, University of Oxford

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