|WHAT IS A FOLIO?|
- A folio is a Manuscript
- A Folio is made up of ' quires ' consisting of 6 leafs of paper folded in half with text on both sides giving twelve pages of text
- The pages are sewn together
WHAT DID THE 'FIRST FOLIO' CONTAIN'?
- The first Folio contained 36 of William Shakespeare's plays
- The First Folio consisted of 900 pages
- It was entitled "Mr. William Shakespeare's Comedies, Histories & Tragedies". A picture of the cover is shown at the top of the page
WHO COMPILED THE CONTENT FOR THE 'FIRST FOLIO'?
- Two of William Shakespeare's friends and fellow actors, John Hemminge and Henry Condell, were the editors of the collection
- William Shakespeare mentioned both actors in his will "my fellows John Hemynges Richard Burbage & Henry Cundell," leaving them 26s..8d to "buy them Ringes."
- They, no doubt, had copies of the plays in Quarto text in the format of Fair or Foul copies
- It was from these copies that the content of the First Folio originated
- The First Folio was dedicated to two brothers, William and Philip, the sons of the Earl of Pembroke and Mary Sidney Herbert, Countess of Pembroke
WHO PUBLISHED THE 'FIRST FOLIO'?
- The Printer and Publisher of the 'First Folio' were William Jaggard and his son Isaac with Ed. Blount
- The 'First Folio' was registered on 8th November 1623.
- 500 copies of the ' First Folio ' were printed at the price of £1 for each copy - approximately 238 known copies have survived
- Publishers used the ' First Folio ' to print copies of the plays and other Folios were printed in 1632, 1663, 1664 and 1685