There's something about the Shakespeare First Folio.
Idolized, Bowdlerized — on occasions even vandalized — the First Folio of Shakespeare’s plays is one of the most studied and influential books in the English language. This remarkable volume has been prized by collectors for nearly three centuries, and its significance as a cultural artifact is ongoing. Its allure has led more than one individual astray (witness the theft of the Durham copy).
The Folger, home to nearly a third of the world’s extant First Folios and uniquely positioned to tell this story, explored the timeless allure of this book in an exhibition, Fame, Fortune, & Theft, and a companion lecture series which is the source of these podcasts:
Guns, Barges, and Books
Recorded in the summer of 2011 at the Folger Shakespeare Library.
The First Folio of Shakespeare
Inside the Collection
View a First Folio
Online or In a Visit
Fame, Fortune, & Theft
The Shakespeare First Folio
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