The First Folio of Shakespeare

The First Folio of Shakespeare


The First Folio of Shakespeare

Author: William Shakespeare

Date: 1623

Language: English

Page: 461

Price: $ 299.99


Printed in the large “folio” size, the First Folio is the first collected edition of the plays of William Shakespeare. It was put together after his death in 1616 by two fellow actors, John Heminge and Henry Condell, and was published in 1623. The book contains the complete text of 36 of Shakespeare’s plays. The principal publishers were Edward Blount (1565–1632), a London bookseller and publisher, and Isaac Jaggard (died 1627), son of William Jaggard (circa 1568–1623), a printer and publisher long associated with Shakespeare, who died the year the folio was produced. How many copies of the First Folio were printed is unknown, but the edition most likely was quite small: probably no more than 750 copies. The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC holds 82 copies of the First Folio, about a third of those still in existence, and by far the largest collection in the world. Presented here is copy 68 of this collection.

Reproduction Details: The hardcover books are made with two pieces of real wood on the inside. The leather is a 4 oz cowhide, from a small supplier in New York state. The Glue we use to attach the leather to the wood is made at our facility, and is a period correct wheat glue. Along the spine, we use a modern perfect binding, with modern glue, to make the binding last longer. Then we each signature is sewn into the book block.  We also add three layers of mull cloth to the outside of the perfect binding, drying in between each layer, a traditional way to make the binding stiff, strong, and resilient.


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