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Folio - The First Folio, Shakespeare
  • The First Folio, Shakespeare
    Isaac Jaggard, born 1600
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The First Folio, Shakespeare

  • Object:

    Folio

  • Place of origin:

    London, England (made)

  • Date:

    1632 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Isaac Jaggard, born 1600 (printer)
    Edward Blount (printer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Letterpress, ink on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by John Jones (1800-82) to the V&A National Art Library.

  • Museum number:

    L.1392-1882

  • Gallery location:

    In storage

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Place of Origin

London, England (made)

Date

1632 (made)

Artist/maker

Isaac Jaggard, born 1600 (printer)
Edward Blount (printer)

Materials and Techniques

Letterpress, ink on paper

Descriptive line

Book, Shakespeare's first folio, letterpress, ink on paper, printed by Isaac Jaggard and Edward Blount, London, 1623. Shakespeare's play Twelfth Night was performed for Elizabeth's court on Twelfth Night 1601, at the time of the Russian ambassador Mikulin's visit. It may have been the play's première. The first collected edition of Shakespeare's plays, this book was published seven years after his death. Without this precious edition, 18 of his plays would be entirely unknown.

Exhibition History

Treasures of the Royal Courts: Tudors, Stuarts and the Russian Tsars (Victoria & Albert Museum)

Labels and date

Treasures of the Royal Courts: Tudors, Stuarts and the Russian Tsars label text:

The First Folio, Shakespeare
1623

Shakespeare's play Twelfth Night was performed for Elizabeth's court on Twelfth Night 1601, at the time of the Russian ambassador Mikulin’s visit. It may have been the play’s première. The first collected edition of Shakespeare's plays, this book was published seven years after his death. Without this precious edition, 18 of his plays would be entirely unknown.

London
Printed by Isaac Jaggard and Edward Blount
Letterpress, ink on paper
Bequeathed by John Jones (1800–82) to the V&A
National Art Library: L.1392-1882

Categories

Books; Shakespeare

Collection code

NAL

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