Folger First Folio number 38

Fast Facts About This First Folio—On Tour!

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

Maine | Massachusetts | New Hampshire | Vermont

  • Miles traveled: 1,305
  • Total visitors: 22,288 
  • Events: 87

The Jane Katherin Copy

The tour nickname for First Folio number 38 is the "Jane Katherin" copy. Jane Katherin, one of its early readers, inscribed her name on one of its leaves. Henry and Emily Folger purchased this First Folio in 1911 for $660. Back then, it was considered an ”unrecorded" Folio, because it was not listed in Sidney Lee's Census of Copies of the Shakespeare First Folio (1902).

The entire introduction (including the title page) and the last leaf of the final play in the volume, Cymbeline, have been replaced with facsimiles. A number of other leaves have been supplied from other First Folios or restored in manuscript facsimile.

In the Folger exhibition celebrating the nationwide tour, this First Folio is open to The Taming of the Shrew—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 Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont. Explore some of the highlights below!

 

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Image courtesy of the Portland Public Library

Portland, Maine

Portland Public Library

Mar. 4 – Apr. 2, 2016

Teenagers in Portland, Maine, invaded their public library for a Shakespeare Slam—a recitation contest made for kids, by kids. 

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Image courtesy of Amherst College Archives & Special Collections

Amherst, Massachusetts

Amherst College

May 9 – 31, 2016

Popcorn was in order for the First Folio's stay in Massachusetts! Events included a screening of the first-ever nationally broadcast performance of a Shakespeare play, Julius Caesar. It was performed by Amherst students in 1949 in the Folger's own Elizabethan Theatre in Washington, DC (pictured).

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Image courtesy of Folger Shakespeare Library

Manchester, New Hampshire

Currier Museum of Art

Apr. 9 – May 1, 2016

This comic book is from the exhibition Shakespeare’s Potions at the Currier Museum of Art. The exhibition explored herbal texts from Shakespeare’s time, as well as film stills and memorabilia that refer to potions from Shakespeare’s plays.

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Image courtesy of Middlebury College

Middlebury, Vermont

Middlebury College

Feb. 1 – 28, 2016

Events in Vermont included time with some of the First Folio's youngest fans. Middlebury College partnered with the Ilsley Public Library to host a Romeo and Juliet storytime for babies and toddlers. Each participant took home a copy of Romeo & Juliet: A Counting Primer.

Fast Facts About This First Folio—On Tour!

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

Maine | Massachusetts | New Hampshire | Vermont

  • Miles traveled: 1,305
  • Total visitors: 22,288 
  • Events: 87