Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Shakespeare's First FolioFour Centuries of an Iconic Book$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

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

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.oxfordscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2020. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 03 June 2020



(p.24) Chapter 1 Owning
Shakespeare's First Folio

Emma Smith

Oxford University Press

Three case studies, which trace copies of the First Folio from the seventeenth into the twenty-first century, set out some of the characters, movements, and motivations that have structured the circulation of this book. How, when, and for what purposes, did it travel across Europe and into Empire, and how are these residual legacies seen in the modern day? Why did individuals want to own it, particularly in the USA, and how has the book passed between institutions, private owners, and across countries? Considering the rising price of First Folios, this chapter also identifies the role of the book in tourism, in Shakespeare’s critical reception, in economics and conspicuous consumption, in education, and in the establishment of academic libraries. Finally, it discusses the ways in which the Folio has been constructed as a secular relic.

Keywords:   Collecting, economics, colonialism, Stratford-upon-Avon, America, Gilded Age, Folger, Henry Clay, Japan

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .