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Re: Folios' Sale
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.1283  Wednesday, 30 May 2001

From:           Briggs John <
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Date:           Wednesday, 30 May 2001 09:30:14 +0100
Subject: 12.1197 Re: Folios' Sale
Comment:        RE: SHK 12.1197 Re: Folios' Sale

Following the death of Christina Foyle (owner of Foyle's Bookshop in
London) her library was sold.  This had been collected in the early 20th
C by her father in the course of his bookdealing.  I thought the sale
happened some time last year, but some of the contents of this latest
sale sound awfully familiar: I seem to remember that it contained all
the Folios.  It is possible that this sale contains many of the contents
of that sale being sold on by dealers.

It is now thought (by Peter W.M. Blayney especially, who ought to know!)
that there were 750 copies of the First Folio printed.  As it was
reprinted after nine years, the second edition probably consisted of at
least 1000 copies, possibly 1500.  Apparently 240 copies of the First
Folio survive, and 82 are in the Folger!  A simple mathematical model
should tell us when the last copy will leave private hands, and how many
the Folger will then have...

John Briggs

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