The Making of Shakespeare’s First Folio (revised edition) by Emma Smith

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In late November 1623, Edward Blount took delivery to his bookshop at the sign of the Black Bear near St Paul's a book that had been long in the making. Master William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies was the first collected edition of Shakespeare's plays, appearing some seven years after their author's death in 1616. There was no fanfare at the book's arrival but it is impossible to overstate the importance of this literary, cultural and commercial moment. Generously illustrated in colour with key pages from the First Folio, this new edition combines the recent discovery of an unknown edition of the First Folio at Mount Stuart House on the Isle of Bute with the human, artistic, and economic economic stories behind the publication of one of the world's most famous books.

 Published by Bodleian Library


ISBN 9781851245987

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