Folger First Folio number 19

Fast Facts About This First Folio—On Tour!

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

Kentucky | Nevada | Washington, DC

  • Miles traveled: 6,051
  • Events: 83 
  • Total visitors: 4,755 (and counting)

The Golden Retriever Copy

The tour nickname for First Folio number 19 is the "golden retriever" copy. That's because its 19th-century owner, the first Baron Tweedmouth, established the Golden Retriever dog breed.

In 1905, Henry and Emily Folger decided not to buy this First Folio from a London book dealer because of the high price. Later that year, however, they changed their minds and successfully offered the new owner $7,300 plus one of their copies of Sidney Lee's 1902 photographic facsimile of the First Folio. At the time, Lee's facsimile was considered to be the most accurate ever produced.

In this First Folio, Ben Jonson's verse "To the Reader," facing the title page, is a printed facsimile. Someone used pen and ink to fix the First Folio's defective title page and the last leaf of the final play in the volume, Cymbeline. At some point, eight other missing leaves were replaced by leaves from other First Folios. Such substitutions are common in many First Folios.

In the Folger exhibition celebrating the nationwide tour, this First Folio is open to Macbeth—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 Kentucky, Nevada, and Washington, DC. Explore some of the highlights below!

 

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Image courtesy of the Louisville Free Public Library

Louisville, Kentucky

Frazier History Museum, University of Louisville, and Louisville Free Public Library

Nov. 10 – Dec. 10, 2016

Will in the Ville was the slogan for the First Folio's visit to Louisville, Kentucky—and a citywide celebration of Shakespeare. Over 45 organizations from across the city participated, including the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, where visitors saw The Shakespearean Baseball Game: A Comedy of Errors, Hits, and Runs. 

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Image courtesy of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Libraries Special Collections

Las Vegas, Nevada

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Sep. 1 – 29, 2016

David Schwartz, director of the Center for Gaming Research at UNLV, led visitors in an interactive talk called Hazard All He Hath: Shakespeare’s Gambling World. After the talk, visitors learned some friendly games of chance from the 1600s—though they only played for "Shakespeare bucks!"

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Image courtesy of Folger Shakespeare Library

Washington, DC

Gallaudet University

Oct. 7 – 31, 2016

Gallaudet University is the world's only university designed to be barrier-free for deaf and hard of hearing students. At the opening reception for the First Folio exhibition, visitors were treated to a sneak preview of Gallaudet University Theater’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in American Sign Language (pictured here). 

Fast Facts About This First Folio—On Tour!

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

Kentucky | Nevada | Washington, DC

  • Miles traveled: 6,051
  • Events: 83 
  • Total visitors: 4,755 (and counting)