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. The Brandeis copy has "301" penciled in the lower outside corner of the recto. This leaf, numbered sequentially from the last leaf with a printed number, is leaf 91.
All the text is complete. There is some folding as seen in the pictures but no loss of text. A bit of dampstaining appears in the margin. Edges are frayed with some edge-browning as seen in the illustrations. 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 and 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 know of no other single First Folio leaves on the market (except those that were purchased from me). I have priced this leaf so that it represents a terrific opportunity to acquire an original leaf, at reasonable cost, from one of the most famous books in the English language. (Inventory #: 41423)