The Bodleian’s First Folio has an unusual history: it was acquired by the Bodleian when it was printed in 1623, then sold off a few decades later, then rediscovered and repurchased for the Bodleian through a crowdfunding campaign in the early 1900s. The book is far from rare. The Bodleian First Folio is a rarity for not having been re-bound since it was first donated to the library in 1623. [1] It was added to the chained folio-sized books in Duke Humfrey’s Library, where it was openly accessible to readers. An introduction to Shakespeare’s ‘First Folio’ that the Bodleian once gave away by Dr Emma Smith, Fellow in English, University of Oxford. Shakespeare's First folio, 1623; Bay Psalm Book, 1640. | Thanks to the generosity of the public, the successful funding campaign Sprint for Shakespeare led to the conservation, digital imaging, and online publication of images of the Bodleian copy of the First Folio of Shakespeare's plays (http://shakespeare.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/). Mr. William Shakespeare's Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies is a collection of plays by William Shakespeare, published in 1623, commonly referred to by modern scholars as the First Folio. The display helps visitors learn more about Shakespeare’s life and times as well as the significance of the First Folio as a literary artefact, without which many important works such as Macbeth, and Julius Caesar may have been lost … Printed in folio format and containing 36 plays, it was prepared by Shakespeare's colleagues John Heminges and Henry Condell. The first phase of the Bodleian First Folio project, to conserve the book, photograph it, and publish the images freely online, was funded, with grateful thanks, by donations from the public. Smith, Emma. Without this book, the famous ‘First Folio’, eighteen of Shakespeare’s plays – including Julius Caesar and Macbeth – would probably be lost to us. This eBook contains high-resolution photographic images from the Bodleian First Folio. ", says Imamura. The Bodleian First Folio is a rarity for not having been re-bound since it was first donated to the library in 1623. And see the fully-digitised copy, shelfmarked Arch. Oxford: Bodleian Library, 2015. Leather Cover of the Bodleian First Folio Dr Peter D Matthews In August of 2012 a group of conservators named Sabina Pugh, Julie Sommerfeldt, Arthur Green, Vanessa Redgrave, Thelma Holt, Andrew Honey, and Nicole Gilroy examined and repaired the tattered First Folio in preparation for digitizing. This has been made possible by the generous support of the donors to the Sprint for Shakespeare public campaign (August to December 2012). This is the copy of the First Folio that was acquired by the Bodleian soon after publication, in accordance with the agreement with the Stationers’ Company. The display is open to the public until 23 April 2017 in the National Library Building, and also forms a part of this year’s University of Oxford’s Alumni Weekend in Asia, which takes place 24-26 March 2017. The display is open to the public until 23 April 2017 in the National Library Building, and also forms a part of this year's University of Oxford's Alumni Weekend in Asia, which takes place 24-26 March 2017. poet.a.1), the longest and most important surviving manuscript written in Middle English. Smith, Emma. Welcome to the digital facsimile of the Bodleian First Folio of Shakespeare's plays, Arch. In the winter of 1623, a copy of Shakespeare’s newly printed First Folio arrived at the Bodleian Library from London. The Making of Shakespeare’s First Folio. Compiled by two of Shakespeare's colleagues, John Heminges and Henry Condell, it contains 36 plays, and is the only reliable source for over half of them. G … The First Folio. Emma Smith reveals how Oxford University mobilised Alumni support to bring Shakespeare's First Folio back to the Bodleian library over 200 years after it was lost. Happy birthday to Shakespeare, 451 today! Shakespeare's First Folio: Four Centuries of an Iconic Book. It was first published in … This Treasure is paired with: The First Folio is the first printed anthology consisting of 36 of Shakespeare’s plays, many of which had never been printed before it was published as a Folio in 1623. (Preserving plays). The first Bodleian shelfmark had been torn from the bottom of the title page. The showcase, entitled 'Shakespeare in Print: The First Folio', gives residents and visitors of Singapore a chance to see a copy of the work for the first time. Thanks to the generosity of the public, the successful funding campaign Sprint for Shakespeare led to the conservation, digital imaging, and online publication of images of the Bodleian copy of the First Folio of Shakespeare's plays (http://shakespeare.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/). The showcase, entitled 'Shakespeare in Print: The First Folio', gives residents and visitors of Singapore a chance to see a copy of the work for the first time. ... Watch Dr Emma Smith, Fellow in English, introduce Shakespeare's First Folio – one of the treasures of the Bodleian. Digital facsimile of the Bodleian First Folio of Shakespeare's plays, Arch. Download the XML behind the digital text. In the 1660s it left the Library and was lost from view until 1905, when an undergraduate from Magdalen College brought a tattered copy of an early Shakespeare Folio into the Library for advice on its binding. This copy of the First Folio is still in the original binding which in 1905 identified it as the Bodleian copy. Now, by adding the First Folio to Digital.Bodleian and creating images and metadata that are compatible with the standards of the International Image Interoperability Framework, we are opening up this resource for further use by institutions and researchers across the world. The First Folio was the first published collection of William Shakespeare's plays. Master William Shakespeare’s Comedie. The Bodleian’s First Folio has an unusual history: it was acquired by the Bodleian when it was printed in 1623, then sold off a few decades later, then rediscovered and repurchased for the Bodleian through a crowdfunding campaign in the early 1900s. The book is far from rare. Shakespeare's First folio, 1623; Bay Psalm Book, 1640. An introduction to Shakespeare's 'First Folio' by Dr Emma Smith, Fellow in English, University of Oxford. The fact that the First Folio was bound with a different and more expensive darker brown calfskin leather than other books bound by Wildgoose tends to suggest a deal was done with the Bassano family for binding their family book of remedies in exchange for the supply of fine dark brown chocolate calfskin. Credit: Bodleian First Folio, CC Attrib 3.0 unported View full size image A lost section of "Love's Labour's Lost," a comedy written by William Shakespeare, has been rediscovered, revealing a song mocking the sexual inadequacy of one of the play's male characters. If you want one-stop-shopping for all four Folios, use Miami’s. for this book, and the other Oxford copies of Shakespeare's First Folio. The library ‘appears to have sold it at some point in the late 1660s, perhaps having replaced it with the new, improved, edition, the Third Folio, … The Bodleian Libraries hold two copies of the first folio edition of Mr. William Shakespeare’s Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies (1623). They are preserved here, in the first printed edition of the collected works, published after Shakespeare’s death. The Bodleian First Folio includes Shakespeare's original comedies, histories and tragedies as they appear in the 1623 artifact in the Bodleian Library's holdings at Oxford University. First Folio home page // -->. Emma Smith reveals how Oxford University mobilised Alumni support to bring Shakespeare's First Folio back to the Bodleian library over 200 years after it was lost. A supplement to the reproduction in facsimile of the first folio edition (1623) from the Chatsworth copy in the possession of the Duke of Devonshire, K.G. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016. The Bodleian Libraries care for over one million manuscripts, archives, rare books, printed ephemera and maps. Without this book, the famous ‘First Folio’, eighteen of Shakespeare’s plays – including Julius Caesar and Macbeth – would probably be lost to us. Unlike most stories of loss, the tale of the Bodleian First Folio has a happier ending than that of Edwin Forrest’s First Folio. The First Folio is the first printed anthology consisting of 36 of Shakespeare’s plays, many of which had never been printed before it was published as a Folio in 1623. This eBook contains high-resolution photographic images from the Bodleian First Folio. Smith, Steven Escar. The library holds daily guided tours. On January 25, 1905, W. G. Turbutt brought a copy of the Folio, which had been in his family at least since 1760, to the Bodleian to ask about repairing it. It is considered one of the most influential books ever published. Oxford: Bodleian Library, 2015. While our friends at the Folger Shakespeare Library are planning their nationwide First Folio tour, the Bodleian First Folio of Shakespeare’s plays (Arch. Looks great on Kindle Fire and Tablet. Read a blog post about how Shakespeare and his actors would have spoken. Compiled by two of Shakespeare's colleagues, John Heminges and Henry Condell, it contains 36 plays, and is the only reliable source for over half of them. Happy birthday to Shakespeare, 451 today! Accessibility 24 First Folios, organized alphabetically by holding institution (updated November 3, 2020) A Gutenberg Bible, c. 1455, one of only 21 surviving complete copies. The First Folio is the first collected edition of Shakespeare’s plays, published seven years after the playwright's death by two of his fellow actors. Some years later the First Folio left the Bodleian – perhaps it was deemed superfluous after the acquisition of a Third Folio in 1664, and disposed of. Without the First Folio, 18 plays might have been lost forever. The First Folio is the first printed anthology consisting of 36 of Shakespeare’s plays, many of which had never been printed before it was published as a Folio … This second phase of the Bodleian First Folio project has been made possible by a lead gift from Dr Geoffrey Eibl-Kaye and generous support … It was first published in … When, however, it resurfaced in 1905, the Library made an enormous effort to reacquire it. The Bodleian First Folio. Looks really great on Kindle Fire, tablet, android, iPad, phone, etc. The Bodleian Libraries are very grateful for this additional support, which brings new features to the digitized First Folio, enabling more efficient and intuitive use for all with an interest in Shakespeare, early modern drama, theatre and book history. poet.a.1), the longest and most important surviving manuscript written in Middle English. G c.7, Title: (23 March 2017) The Bodleian Libraries have collaborated with the National Library of Singapore to display a copy of Shakespeare’s First Folio in Singapore. The Bodleian's First Folio is unique in not having been rebound or restored in almost four centuries since it was first received by the library late in 1623. The Bodleian Libraries have collaborated with the National Library of Singapore to display a copy of Shakespeare's First Folio in Singapore. Creating the IIIF First Folio … Looks great on Kindle Fire and Tablet. The Bodleian First Folio includes Shakespeare's original comedies, histories and tragedies as they appear in the 1623 artifact in the Bodleian Library's holdings at Oxford University. Welcome to the Bodleian First Folio website, where you can view the digital facsimile online, and find out more about this treasured book, Shakespeare, his plays, and how we conserve, curate and digitize books. 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