Friday, July 17, 2015

Picture Day Friday: First Folio of Shakespeare's Plays

You can read the digital facsimile of the First Folio of Shakespeare's plays held at the Bodleian Library of Oxford University. It was digitized two years ago and available free online.

According to Bodleian: "The First Folio is the first collected edition of Shakespeare's plays, dating from around 1623. During his lifetime, Shakespeare's plays were never published as a collection. It was only seven years after his death that two of his friends did so, publishing the First Folio. The 1000-page volume contains 36 plays — comedies, histories and tragedies — many of which would otherwise have been lost."