Folger First Folio number 54

Fast Facts About This First Folio—On Tour!

During the 2016 First Folio! tour, this First Folio went to:

California | Hawaii

  • Miles traveled: 10,074
  • Total visitors: 57,179
  • Events: 44

The Hutchinson Copy

The tour nickname for First Folio number 54 is the "Hutchinson" copy. Colonel John Hutchinson, who played an important role during the English Civil War, and his wife Lucy, a famous writer and translator, acquired it in the mid 17th century. The First Folio remained in the Hutchinson family until 1913, when Henry and Emily Folger acquired it for $3,950.

This First Folio includes extensive early notes on character lists and identification of scene locations for several plays. In the mid-1800s, a Hutchinson descendant had it rebound and supplied some of its missing leaves from other sources. Six of the nine introductory leaves, however, are missing, along with two leaves in the plays The Tempest and Cymbeline.

In the Folger exhibition celebrating the nationwide tour, this First Folio is open to King John—one of 18 plays in the First Folio that had not been printed before and could have been lost.
 

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Explore highlights from this First Folio's travels

During the First Folio! The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare tour, this First Folio went to California and Hawaii. Explore some of the highlights below!

 

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Image courtesy of the San Diego Public Library

San Diego, California

San Diego Public Library with The Old Globe

Jun. 4 – Jul. 7, 2016

Visitors at the San Diego Public Library left messages sharing how Shakespeare’s words are still relevant today, 400 years after his death. Some include such thoughts as “Shakespeare has the best questions,” “no one captures the essence of the human spirit like Shakespeare,” and “he helped me fall in love.” 

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Image courtesy of the Kapi’olani Community College

Honolulu, Hawaii

Kapi'olani Community College

Apr. 25 – May 25, 2016

The wall panel above the First Folio in this picture shows the first pages of the 18 plays that might have been lost if the First Folio had never been published. Famous lines from each of those plays are highlighted in yellow. An exhibition about the history of Shakespeare in the Hawaiian Islands was nearby. 

Fast Facts About This First Folio—On Tour!

During the 2016 First Folio! tour, this First Folio went to:

California | Hawaii

  • Miles traveled: 10,074
  • Total visitors: 57,179
  • Events: 44