“The 230 surviving First Folios are now the most minutely studied published works in history. The folio is unusual in that two centuries of records trace the path of specific copies. In recent decades, similar censuses have been held of all surviving copies of the Gutenberg Bible, Audubon’s Birds of America, and Copernicus’ De Revolutionibus. But the pursuit of folio-spotting remains unparalleled in literature, beginning with Thomas Dibdin’s first census of folio owners in the London area in 1824 and Sidney Lee’s worldwide folio census in 1901, detailing the condition and identifying marks of every known copy.” By Paul Collins in Slate’s Culturebox
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