Very good … or starke naught? The University of Glasgow’s First Folio
25th April 2023
Julie Gardham, Senior Assistant Librarian at the University of Glasgow, discusses some of the unique characteristics of the University’s First Folio and explores who may have been behind many of the annotations this edition has collected throughout its existence.
Revising Shakespeare, or why we need to celebrate the Quartos as well as the First Folio
16th March 2023
We rightly celebrate the 1623 First Folio for preserving the canon of thirty-six of Shakespeare’s plays, however, half of the plays in the Folio had been published previously in Quarto format and are also worthy of celebration.
‘Not a fine or a perfect copy’ (Dibdin). Shakespeare’s First Folio at The Queen’s College, Oxford
28th February 2023
Matthew Shaw, Librarian at The Queen’s College, takes us through the history of the college’s copy of the First Folio, detailing who has made their mark on the book along its journey to the present day.
It’s easy to think that the First Folio must be a well-constructed book because it is so important. Actually though, it is as subject to error and mistakes as any other book of the early modern period, perhaps more so (it is, after all, big).
Dr. Ruth Frendo, an Archivist at The Worshipful Company of Stationers & Newspaper Makers, discusses the Stationers’ Register for Shakespeare’s First Folio and introduces us to an eighteenth-century scholar that left his mark.
The First Folio Actors & the First Shakespearean ‘Star’, Richard Burbage
5th September 2022
Richard Burbage was not only a leading sharer in Shakespeare’s acting company and one of England’s first theatre entrepreneurs, as joint owner of the Globe and the Blackfriars theatres, he was also one of England’s first ‘star’ actors.
The First Folio is one of the great wonders of the literary world. Published in 1623, seven years after the death of its author, it was the first printed edition of Shakespeare’s collected plays. Without this achievement, we would have lost half of his dramatic work. This website is dedicated in gratitude to the 400th birthday of this foundational book on the 8th November 2023.