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Preface Emma Smith; 1. Shakespeare in print before 1623 Tara L. Lyons; 2. Publishing the First Folio Eric Rasmussen; 3. Printing the First Folio B. D. R. Higgins; 4. The prefatorial material Chris Laoutaris; 5. The provenance of the Folio texts Gabriel Egan; 6. 'Complete' works: the Folio and all of Shakespeare Peter Kirwan; 7. Early buyers and readers Jean-Christophe Mayer; 8. Editors Edmund G. C. King; 9. Collectors Steven K. Galbraith; 10. Reading the First Folio Emma Smith; 11. Digital First Folios Sarah Werner; 12. Afterword: the Folio as fetish Adam G. Hooks.

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An international team of scholars covers every aspect of one of the most famous books in the English language.

About the Author

Emma Smith is Professor of Shakespeare Studies at the University of Oxford. She has lectured widely in the UK and beyond on the First Folio and on Shakespeare and early modern drama. Her research interests include the methodology of writing about theatre, and developing analogies between cinema, film theory and early modern performance. Her recent publications include Macbeth: Language and Writing (2013), The Cambridge Shakespeare Guide (Cambridge, 2012) and Shakespeare's First Folio: Four Centuries of an Iconic Book (2016).

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'... takes the reader on a journey through the history of perhaps the book world's most famous literary edition. ... Readers of The Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare's First Folio are lucky. Not only because they have in their hands an excellent resource that will elucidate many aspects of the edition, but also because modern digital renderings of the First Folio are now more accessible than ever.' William J. Humphries, The Seventeenth Century
'... takes the reader on a journey through the history of perhaps the book world's most famous literary edition. ... Readers of The Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare's First Folio are lucky. Not only because they have in their hands an excellent resource that will elucidate many aspects of the edition, but also because modern digital renderings of the First Folio are now more accessible than ever.' William J. Humphries, The Seventeenth Century

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