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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.
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