The Book of William
How Shakespeare's First Folio Conquered The World
When Shakespeare's First Folio, the first complete collection of his plays, appeared in 1623, its publication went practically unnoticed. A few decades later, at the first recorded aucion of the book, it failed to fetch even half its original cover price. Now, with only a few remaining, the First Folio has become the great white whale of rare books—a cornerstone of our cultural heritage and a connoisseur's dream.
Paul Collins, intrepid bibliophile, traces the First Folio's strange and marvelous journey through the centuries and across continents, as it is dusted off in attics, auctioned off for millions, sunk in oceans, consumed by fires, annotated, facsimilied, and immortalized. The result is a brilliant history of one imcomparable book.
Paul Collins, 2009, Paperback, 256 Pages. ISBN-13: 978-1-59691-196-3.