By Emma Smith
it is a biography of a ebook: the 1st accrued variation of Shakespeare's performs revealed in 1623 and referred to as the 1st Folio. It starts off with the tale of its first shopper in London in December 1623, and is going directly to discover the methods humans have interacted with this iconic booklet over the 400 years of its historical past. through the tension is on what we will examine from person copies now unfold all over the world approximately their eventful lives. From ink blots to pet
paws, from annotations to wineglass jewelry, First Folios teem with proof of its position in several contexts with diversified priorities. This examine bargains new how you can comprehend Shakespeare's reception and the heritage of the e-book. not like prior scholarly investigations of the 1st Folio, it is
not fascinated about the discussions of the way the ebook got here into being, the provenance of its texts, or the technicalities of its creation. in its place, it reanimates, in narrative sort, the histories of this ebook, paying shut realization to the main points of person copies now positioned worldwide - their bindings, marginalia, basic , revenues background, and site - to debate 5 significant subject matters: possessing, analyzing, interpreting, appearing, and perfecting. this can be a background of the ebook that
consolidated Shakespeare's posthumous recognition: a reception heritage and a examine of interactions among vendors, readers, forgers, creditors, actors, students, booksellers, and the ebook in which we comprehend and recognize Shakespeare.