The First Folio of Shakespeare, 1991, Peter W.M. Blayne, Near Fine

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Blayney, Peter W.M.  Washington, D.C., Folger Library Publication, 1991.

English, Near Fine, Softcover, 4to, 8.5” x 11", 46 pp.

ISBN: 0962925438

Staple-bound, gray-black-and-white illustrated wrap with facsimile of Shakespeare to front, illustration at frontis. Mild soiling due to shelf wear to back, otherwise pristine. pp. 46. Foreword by Werner Gundersheimer. Blayne emphasizes the importance of the First Folio of Shakespeare given that it was the “first folio book ever published in England that was devoted exclusively to plays” (excerpted from book). Finished in 1623, the folio contained 36 of Shakespeare’s plays, 18 of which had never been printed and might have been lost without the publication of the folio. Blayne gives insight to the process behind the publication of the first folio and following copies. Complete with diagrams of the construction and black-and-white photographs of the folio and related documents. Published in conjunction with the exhibition The First Folio of Shakespeare at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C. An informed explanation of the history behind the folio that helped preserve Shakespeare’s works and legacy.