FOLIOMANIA! expands upon stories from the Folger Shakespeare Library exhibition Fame, Fortune, and Theft: Shakespeare's First Folio. Asking “What is a First Folio?” the first part of this collection of essays traces the global history of Shakespeare's First Folio from the 1620s through the twenty-first century, including the ways in which Shakespeare’s iconic book has influenced the fields of editing, book-collecting, and conservation. The second part, “Stories about the First Folio,” reveals some of the history, passion, and obsession associated with this sometimes idolized book. Handsomely illustrated, engaging, and accessible, this collection will be enjoyed by anyone with an interest in Shakespeare.
Table of Contents: Anthony James West, “Introduction”; Steven Galbraith, “The Folger Shakespeare Library, ‘The First Folio, Illustrated’”; Carter Hailey, “The Best Crowne Paper”; Paul Werstine, “The Type of the Shakespeare First Folio”; Erin C. Blake and Kathleen Lynch, “Looke on his Picture, in his Booke: The Droeshout Portrait on the Title Page”; Frank Mowery, “The Bindings of the Folger’s First Folios”; Anthony James West, “The First Shakespeare Folio to Travel Abroad: Constantine Hugyens’s Copy”; Steven Escar Smith, “’Inward and Outward Drama’: The Shakespeare Collections of William Evans Burton and Edwin Forrest”; Georgianna Ziegler, “Gentlemen, Ladies, and Folios: The Lure of the Chase”; Don Weingust, “The Shakespeare First Folio: the Actors’ Text”
Edited by Owen Williams, with Caryn Lazzuri. Julie Ainsworth and Tom Wachs, Photography. Contains suggested readings on Specific Topics and a Glossary of Terms. 2011, Folger Shakespeare Library. Paperback, ISBN: 978-0-2959-9160-3. 8 3/4" w x 13 3/4" h. 72 pages. Color photos.