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Shakespeare's First FolioFour Centuries of an Iconic Book$
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Emma Smith

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198754367

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198754367.001.0001

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Sir Edward Dering goes shopping

(p.1) Introduction
Shakespeare's First Folio

Emma Smith

Oxford University Press

This introductory chapter discusses the first known purchaser of a First Folio, Sir Edward Dering, and how his account books allow us to contextualise this book as part of his household, his patterns of leisure and consumption, and his intellectual, political and social aspirations. It outlines what the First Folio is, and establishes some models for thinking about the biography of a book, drawn from anthropology and historical analyses of consumption and acquisition.

Keywords:   Consumption, Dering, Edward, book-trade, First Folio, social ambition, history of book

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