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Published: 04 September 2003

428 Pages | 3 halftones, 1 map


ISBN: 9780198187684

Bookseller Code (AQ)

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The Shakespeare First Folio: The History of the Book

Volume II: A New Worldwide Census of First Folios

Anthony James West

The Shakespeare First Folio

  • Hugely important to bibliographers and Shakespeare scholars, this new Census is far more complete than its 1902 predecessor compiled by Sidney Lee.
  • Detailed listing of 229 known copies (one identified since the publication of volume I), including seventy-one not known by Lee, and some never previously identified and described.
  • Includes accounts of the detective work involved in locating Folios worldwide.
  • Volume 1 is described as: 'Genuinely monumental . . . Through a combination of careful archival research and tireless legwork, West has located 228 copies - a remarkable 70 more than were listed in Sidney Lee's 1902 Census . . . This is an essential reference work for Shakespeareans, librarians, book-collectors, and antiquarian book dealers. . . . a monumental achievement.' Eric Rasmussen, Shakespeare Survey

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