Sir Edward Dering goes shopping
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.
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