The Plays in Print
Size: H: 215mm, W: 150mm
Made in: London/Glasgow
Made by: Collins (publisher)
In this series, we've been looking at Shakespeare's first audiences and the expanding, restless world they inhabited. Today we're looking at something very different: how Shakespeare's audience left the Globe and became the whole world.
The publication in 1623 of Mr William Shakespeare's Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies, more commonly referred to as the First Folio, meant that Shakespeare's plays were preserved for future generations. Over the last 400 years his words have travelled across continents and have been translated into hundreds of languages, speaking to all of us about our hopes, our fears and our dreams.
Today's programme looks at some of the many copies of Shakespeare's plays in existence today, and we speak to some of the people whose lives his words have touched.
- Shakespeare's completed works, often called the First Folio, was the first exclusive play collection in book form
- The First Folio, published in 1623, is 908 pages long. It's 14 inches by 9 inches, and 3 inches thick
- There were three further amended versions - the Second Folio in 1632, the Third Folio in 1664 and the Fourth Folio in 1685
- There are 232 known copies of the First Folio in existence
- A First Folio sold in 2002 for 7 million dollars
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