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The Book of William: How Shakespeare's First Folio Conquered the World
 
 
Author
Paul Collins.
Publisher Bloomsbury  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 8.5 x 5.7 x 0.9 inches
ISBN 9781596911956
Pages/Publication Date 243/2009
Daedalus Item Code 33167
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A book sold for shillings in the streets of London, later whisked away to Manhattan for millions, and then stored deep within the vaults of Tokyo, William Shakespeare's First Folio of 1623 has, above all other books, transfixed connoisseurs for four centuries. Paul Collins, lover of odd books and author of Sixpence House, takes up the strange quest for this white whale of precious books. Arranged in five acts, each tied to a different location and century, his book follows the trail of the Folio's remarkable journey as the few copies of it are variously found in attics, lost in oceans and fires, bought and sold, and ultimately become immortal.

"Collins knows his way around a good literary mystery, and knows how to milk the bizarre and wonderful detail.... The Book of William is filled with geeky delights.... Collins pours all of the mountainous curiosity and good-hearted wit he showed in his last book, The Trouble with Tom, into The Book of William. Not only is he a first-rate storyteller, he has a keen eye for useful marginalia.... It would be easy to say that this is a book for bibliophiles, or theater lovers, and it is. But as far as what some of us want out of our summer reading—to get lost, to learn something, to laugh—we'd make the case for this as the perfect beach read."—Time Out Chicago

 
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