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What Is A Shakespeare First Folio?

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Shakespeare. Plays. 1623. London, 1623

The book known as the Shakespeare First Folio is one of the most famous and most studied books in the world. It was printed in London in 1623. The First Folio is important because it is the first time that William Shakespeare's plays were printed together.


The word folio comes from the Latin word for leaf. Pages are also referred to as leaves. A book printed as a folio is made from sheets of paper that have been  folded once. The printer would then have four pages, or leaves. Books might also be printed as quartos (sheets of paper folded four times) or octavos (sheets of paper folded eight times).  



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The Folger Shakespeare Library holds the world's largest collection of First Folios - 82!

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