Mr. William Shakespeares comedies, histories & tragedies

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Mr. William Shakespeares comedies, histories & tragedies

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Item No: shk00001
Title: Mr. William Shakespeares comedies, histories & tragedies
Additional Title: First Folio
Media Type: Books
Source: Rare Book Department

Readers' marks attributed to English poet John Milton throughout the book. Dr. Claire M.L. Bourne writes more about the provenance of the Free Library's copy and Dr. Jason Scott-Warren discusses the handwriting connection.


The Free Library of Philadelphia's copy of the First Folio has long been notable for its extensive marginal markings. It was given in 1944 alongside the Second, Third, and Fourth Folios by the children of Joseph E. Widener. Since earlier collectors frequently had their copies rebound in more "luxurious" bindings, this copy is also unusual for surviving in a 17th-century binding.


Mr. VVilliam Shakespeares comedies, histories & tragedies : published according to the true originall copies. London : Printed by Isaac Iaggard and Ed. Blount, 1623. 

Creation Year (Single Year or Range Begin): 1623
Call Number: RBD EL Sh15m 1623
Creator Name: Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 - Author
Milton, John, 1608-1674

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