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A large size of book in which the page size results from folding a standard printer's sheet of paper in half, forming two leaves (i.e. four pages). The collected editions of Shakespeare's plays published after his death, as distinct from the earlier unauthorized quarto editions, are often referred to as the Folios: the First Folio was published by his colleagues Heming and Condell in 1623, as Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies. Published according to the true Originall Copies, and three others followed in 1632, 1663, and 1685.

Subjects: Shakespeare Studies and Criticism.


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