The Shakespeare First Folio: The History of the Book: Volume I: An Account of the First Folio Based on its Sales and Prices 1623-2000 by Anthony James West

The Shakespeare First Folio: The History of the Book: Volume I: An Account of the First Folio Based…

byAnthony James West

Hardcover | February 23, 2004

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The Shakespeare First Folio is arguably the greatest book ever written in the English language, and it is the only source for half the plays (including Macbeth and The Tempest). Vast amounts have been written on it up to its publication - for example on its printing and proofreading - but verylittle since it left the press in 1623. And yet its story is a highly significant contribution to the history of the book worldwide, and crucial to the study of Shakespeare's 'afterlives'. The present volume breaks new ground in its account of the price and sales history of the books - from one pound in the seventeenth century to over half a million pounds today - placing this in the context both of Shakespeare's standing and of the contemporary world of antiquarian book sales. Itcharts the number and distribution of copies at the beginning and end of the twentieth century, surveys the nineteen facsimile editions since 1807, and assesses earlier listings of the work since 1824, including Sidney Lee's Census (1902). It also indicates the history of the volumes' ownership -ranging from counry parson to President of Standard Oil.

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Anthony James West is an Independent scholar.

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Title:The Shakespeare First Folio: The History of the Book: Volume I: An Account of the First Folio Based…Format:HardcoverDimensions:238 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.71 inPublished:February 23, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0198187696

ISBN - 13:9780198187691

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Table of Contents

Stanley Wells: ForewordGeneral PrefacePreface to Volume IList of TablesList of ChartsList of IllustrationsAbbreviations and ReferencesShort Titles1. Sales and Prices of First Folios: A History from 1623 to the Present2. The Number and Distribution of First Folios Worldwide, 1902 and 20003. A Survey of First Folio Facsimiles since the Early 19th Century4. Listings of the First Folio since the Early 19th CenturyConcordances of Lee/West and West/Lee copy numbersList of Manuscripts and Printed Works ConsultedIndex

Editorial Reviews

`From Volume I 'a magisterial study of the posthumous history of a book . . . Dr West's enterprise is comparable in scope to that of the compilers of the Folio itself. . . . his monumental study forms a major contribution to the shelf of volumes essential to the Shakespeare scholar.''Stanley Wells, Foreword to Volume I