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Book - Shakespeare's First Folio

Shakespeare's First Folio

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    London (printed and published)

  • Date:

    1623 (printed and published)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Blount, Edward (printer)
    Iaggard, Isaac (printer)
    William Shakespeare, born 1564 - died 1616

  • Museum number:

    Forster 7884

  • Gallery location:

    Theatre & Performance, Room 106, case 6A, shelf 14

Physical description

"To the reader," title page and introductory leaves are reprints.
Colophon: Printed at the Charges of W. Jaggard, Ed. Blount, I. Smithweeke, and W. Aspley, 1623.
First folio ed.; first issue. Includes portrait of William Shakespeare.

Place of Origin

London (printed and published)


1623 (printed and published)


Blount, Edward (printer)
Iaggard, Isaac (printer)
William Shakespeare, born 1564 - died 1616


Length: 34 cm

Object history note

J.C. King: given by him to John Forster on 24 August 1840 (Dedication signed: "To John Forster Esq from J.C. K[ing] Aug.24.1840."); bequeathed by John Forster in 1876 to the South Kensington Museum.

Descriptive line

Book, Mr. William Shakespeares comedies, histories & tragedies : published according to the true originall copies / [edited by I. Heminge and H. Condell]. London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard and Ed. Blount, 1623.

Labels and date

Mr William Shakespeare's Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies (First Folio)
Without the First Folio we would lack nearly half Shakespeare's plays. Edited seven years after his death by John Heminges and Henry Condell, members of his company, it represents a rare honour as few contemporary dramatists had their collected works published. The book contains 36 plays (omitting Pericles), 18 of them previously unprinted.
Engraving and letterpress
Printed by Isaac Jaggard and Edward Blount, London []


Paper; Ink; Leather


Printing; Line engraving


National Art Library; Books; Theatre


National Art Library

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