William Shakespeare, Mr William Shakespeares comedies, histories and tragedies..., 1623, 'First Folio'- detail, Ben Jonson's Poem, p. A4r.

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Date:1623

Description:The 'First Folio'’s commendatory poem by Ben Jonson.

At the beginning of the ‘First Folio’ is a eulogy by Shakespeare’s friend, and rival playwright, Ben Jonson, who had published a folio of his own 'works' in 1616, a few months after Shakespeare's death.

Full title: William Shakespeare, Mr William Shakespeares comedies, histories & tragedies published according to the True Originall Copies, London, printed by Isaac Jaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, 1623.

The 'Ashburnham' copy owned by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.


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