Learn more about the First Folio, published in 1623. Without it, 18 of Shakespeare's plays might have been lost forever. The Folger has the world's largest First Folio collection.
In 2016, First Folio! The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare brought the First Folio to 50 states, Washington, DC, and Puerto Rico.
This was the very ﬁrst First Folio that Henry and Emily Folger purchased, in 1896. Several early readers added their signatures to this First Folio.
Folger First Folio 68 was owned by the Wodehouse family. Several plays in this First Folio have marked-up passages.
To acquire this First Folio in 1916 for about $3,000, Henry and Emily Folger also had to purchase a Second and Fourth Folio—two later editions of the First Folio—from the bookseller as a package deal.
An exploration of Shakespeare's First Folio for kids.
This First Folio has the rusty outline of an early pair of scissors on its pages. Very few of this First Folio's leaves are missing, however. Aside from the scissors, it has been left relatively untouched by later owners, unlike most First Folios that survive today.
In 1875, the pages of this book were completely taken apart (or disbound) to be photographed for the first-ever photomechanical facsimile of the First Folio.
This First Folio belonged to George John Venables, fifth Baron Vernon, in the mid-1850s. Other than several defective leaves in the introduction, which have been repaired, this is a complete First Folio.