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The First Folio of Shakespeare

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When it was published in 1968, The Norton Facsimile set a new standard for scholarly accuracy. It was the first facsimile in which every page had been selected from a large number of copies in an attempt to find a clean, clear example with minimal show-through. Even more important, it offered the latest, most corrected state of pages known to vary from copy to copy because ...more
Hardcover, 968 pages
Published September 17th 1996 by W. W. Norton & Company (first published 1623)
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There is no way you can consider yourself a lover of Shakespeare's works if you don't own a copy of the First Folio. Yes, it's a little tough to read at first because certain letters don't quite look the same now as they used to, however, as an actor performing in a Shakespearean play this is a must own. You can find so many clues in the first folio that are changed by modern editors... run (don't walk) to the nearest book store and buy this.
Robert Paglia
Aug 18, 2011 Robert Paglia is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Love the 17th century spelling. As long as you don't need something with the original typography, this is great.
Nov 07, 2011 Deborah marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Ak Rockefeller
My favorite edition of Shakespeare's plays. You can hear so much more music in the words reading the original spelling, once you get the hang of it. But don't be deterred because it's not too difficult. This is no facsimile edition, with their photocopy feel and weird 17th-century typeface. This book has the original spelling in readable modern print. Otherwise, it's a faithful rendering of the First Folio, just more reader-friendly than your average facsimile. If you absolutely have loved Shake ...more
Again, easier than choosing them one by one (a note anyone inclined to get me stuff - I don't actually own this Applause edition, just a facsimile folio, which is lovely but of course unreadable.)

NB: The date has more to do with when they started making sense than when I first encountered or finally read any of them.
Cory Howell
Since I don't have five to seven million dollars laying around, this facsimile of the famous First Folio is the next best thing. A really beautifully done piece of work, this is the closest a reader can get to experiencing the work of Shakespeare as it appeared in publication in 1623.
Robert Paglia
The reproductions of the original 17th century pages is fascinating. A beautifully bound book. Very expensive. For hardcore Shakespeare aficionados and antique book lovers.
Jul 09, 2009 Dan is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
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once you get past the long S, this ain't that hard to read... Fuffering f.... uh, succotash!
I love Shakespeare sooooooooooooooooo much. He is such an inspiration. When I was three I saw "A Midsummer's Nights Dream" and I left the theatre comparing it to Peter Pan. I guess Shakespeare and I have always had a special connection. I dressed up as him in a project for school. I even took Shakespeare classes with Kate Hennig in her dressing while I was doing Billy Elliot. Two of my goals in life are to read every single Shakespeare play and play Romeo before I die. It is so cool to think Sha ...more
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