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The First Folio of Shakespeare

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Title

The First Folio of Shakespeare

Description

The First Folio is one of the most valuable books in the world, and one of the very few publications to have had a full ‘census’ performed: scholars have tracked down every one of the 228 known copies of the book and published details on their condition, ownership history and textual variation to allow researchers to better understand the book.
The Haverford copy was donated by William Pyle Philips, class of 1902, in 1947. He gave all four folios in memory of an English professor from Haverford who had awakened his interest in Shakespeare, Francis B. Gummere. Before the Folios belonged to Philips, they had been owned by a coal baron, a theater manager and a wool merchant.
The portrait of Shakespeare is one of only two portraits known to be of Shakespeare. Many debates have raged about possible other portraits of the Bard, with countless admirers ignoring Ben Jonson’s advice, shown here: “...”Reader, looke/Not on his Picture, but his Booke.”

Creator

William Shakespeare, Martin Droeshout

Publisher

Edward Blount, William and Isaac Jaggard

Date

1623

Identifier

Philips Collection 44

Original Format

Book

Citation

William Shakespeare, Martin Droeshout, “The First Folio of Shakespeare,” Shakespeare in his time and for all time, accessed June 20, 2019, https://ds-carbonite.haverford.edu/shakespeare/items/show/26.