An Account of the First Folio Based on Its Sales and Prices, 1623-2000

An Account of the First Folio Based on Its Sales and Prices, 1623-2000

by Anthony James West
     
 

ISBN-10: 0198187696

ISBN-13: 9780198187691

Pub. Date: 05/28/2001

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

While vast amounts have been written about the publication of the Shakespeare First Folio, this volume breaks new ground in its account of the price and sales history of the books, placing this in the context both of Shakespeare's standing and of the contemporary world of antiquarian book sales. It charts the number and distribution of copies at the beginning and

Overview

While vast amounts have been written about the publication of the Shakespeare First Folio, this volume breaks new ground in its account of the price and sales history of the books, placing this in the context both of Shakespeare's standing and of the contemporary world of antiquarian book sales. It charts the number and distribution of copies at the beginning and end of the twentieth century, surveys the nineteen facsimile editions since 1807, and assesses earlier listings of the work since 1824, including Sidney Lee's Census (1902). It also indicates the history of the volumes' ownership—ranging from country parson to President of Standard Oil.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198187691
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
05/28/2001
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword, Stanley Wells
General Preface
Preface to Volume I
List of Tables
List of Charts
List of Illustrations
Abbreviations and References
Short Titles
1. Sales and Prices of First Folios: A History from 1623 to the Present
2. The Number and Distribution of First Folios Worldwide, 1902 and 2000
3. A Survey of First Folio Facsimiles since the Early 19th Century
4. Listings of the First Folio since the Early 19th Century
Concordances of Lee/West and West/Lee copy numbers
List of Manuscripts and Printed Works Consulted
Index

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