This catalogue of the Shakespeare First Folio (1623) is the result of two decades of research during which 232 surviving copies of this immeasurably important book were located - a remarkable 72 more than were recorded in the previous census over a century ago - and examined in situ, creating an essential reference work.
Why This Book?
- An invaluable tool for Shakespeare scholars - entries for each copy include details of its provenance (including fascinating stories about previous owners and incidents) and of the collation, press variants, conservation history and binding
- A hugely significant resource for researchers into the history of the book, as well as auction houses, book collectors, curators and specialist book dealers
- Features striking illustrations of interesting examples of First Folios in a color plate section
- Strongly supports the RSC editions which are based on the First Folio