Folger First Folio number 43

Fast Facts About This First Folio—On Tour!

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

Tennessee | Utah

  • Miles traveled: 4,355
  • Events: 56 special events
  • Total visitors: 3,845 (and counting)

The Complete Set Copy

The tour nickname for First Folio number 43 is the "complete set” copy. It arrived in Providence, Rhode Island, with the three other 17th-century editions of the First Folio—the Second, Third, and Fourth Folios. The four Folios were sold together twice before Henry and Emily Folger purchased all of them as a set in 1906. They paid $6,500 just for the First Folio.

The "complete set" copy is missing its entire introduction (including the title page), the first six leaves of the first play in the volume, The Tempest, and the last five leaves of the last play in the volume, Cymbeline. All of these were replaced with facsimile leaves, which was once a common practice. This First Folio has many other defective leaves throughout its text, two of which have been replaced with handwritten facsimiles.

In the Folger exhibition celebrating the nationwide tour, this First Folio is open to Cymbeline—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 Tennessee and Utah. Explore some of the highlights below!

 

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 Image courtesy of The Parthenon

Nashville, Tennessee

The Parthenon

Nov. 10, 2016 – Jan. 8, 2017

A highlight of the First Folio's visit to Nashville's Parthenon, a full-scale replica of the ancient temple in Greece, was a day-long celebration of Hamlet, including a puppet show and performances by high school students.

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 Image courtesy of the Salt Lake City Public Library

Salt Lake City, Utah

Salt Lake City Public Library

Oct. 8 – 31, 2016

During the First Folio exhibition at the Salt Lake City Public Library, the Utah Children’s Theater hosted multiple events at the library, including performances of The Fabulous Folio of Mr. William Shakespeare, Playwright and Thus with a Fish I Die. The latter is a family program that put a humorous twist on some of Shakespeare’s most famous death scenes. 

Fast Facts About This First Folio—On Tour!

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

Tennessee | Utah

  • Miles traveled: 4,355
  • Events: 56 special events
  • Total visitors: 3,845 (and counting)