1623 · London
This is an original leaf. It is NOT a reproduction, photocopy, poster or later impression. This leaf was salvaged from a woefully derelict copy of the First Folio, printed in London in 1623, and was part of a collection for leaves formed in England in the early 20th century.
This leaf was compared to the same leaf in the Brandeis copy to verify accuracy of description. This leaf has the Crown Watermark.
All the text is complete. There is some corner folding as seen in the pictures but no loss of text. We have left the leaf as found and have not done any restoration. A bit of fingerstaining appears in the margin, especially in the corners where the actors turned the pages. Edges are frayed with some edge-browning as seen in the illustrations. These fingermarks are from the original actors who used this text. This was a working volume and we see no reason to clean off the historical evidence of use! There is some mild soiling, mostly from ingrained dust. This leaf is entirely original as found in the collection and has not been restored or mucked with. The leaf measures about 8 x 12 1/2 inches. It has the crown watermark.
There are but 232 known copies of the First Folio remaining in the world from a printing of about 750-1000 copies. Many are incomplete. This leaf is therefore very rare and it is unlikely to appear elsewhere in any condition.
I have been an antiquarian book dealer since about 1975 and a member of the ABAA since the early 19890s . This leaf is from a collection of leaves I acquired that had been assembled in 1901/02. This is a rare a unique opportunity to acquire a leaf from one of the most important books in English. (Inventory #: 20810)