A very big book

This year marks the 400th anniversary of the publication of Shakespeare’s The First Folio. The collection of 36 plays by William Shakespeare that was published in London in 1623. Considered to be one of the most influential books ever published, only about 230 copies of an original printing of 750 copies are known to have survived. The Victoria and Albert Museum has three copies, and in the video below, they lead the viewer on a tour through one of them. In this video, Elizabeth James, senior librarian at the National Art Library in London, and Harriet Reed, curator of contemporary performance at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, open and explore this fascinating 400-year-old document, detailing its creation, content and enduring influence.

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4 Responses to A very big book

  1. restlessjo says:

    I’ll be back to peruse later!

  2. margaret21 says:

    Like Jo, so will I.

  3. A fascinating story about a large old book!

  4. restlessjo says:

    Love it! Thanks for sharing.

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