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Shakespeare & Beyond

Up Close: Shakespeare's First Folio

First Folio title page
First Folio title page

The Folger Shakespeare Library is home to the largest collection of First Folios in the world. What makes the First Folio so remarkable? Without this book, 18 of Shakespeare’s plays—including Macbeth, Julius Caesar, and The Tempest—might have been lost to history.

Get an up-close look at the title page of one of the Folger’s 82 First Folios and learn more about it by clicking through the arrows to see captions that zoom in on different parts of the image. Click the eye icon to hide or display the text.

Visit the Folger website to learn even more about the First Folio.