From the Collection
Watercolor paintings cover every page of Pinckney Marcius-Simons’ copy of an 1886 French edition of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Marcius-Simons’ illustrations date to 1908.
ART Vol. a71 endleaf 3 verso – endleaf 4 recto
Read more about this “luscious” book from Georgianna Ziegler on Folgerpedia.
This copy of Midsummer incorrectly lists 1600 as the date of publication on the title page. The volume is one of the “Pavier Quartos” printed in 1619 by William Jaggard.
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Henry Folger’s portrait is on display in the Paster Reading Room. Learn more about the Pavier quartos on Folgerpedia.
Alcott, the author of Little Women, was inspired by Midsummer’s play-within-a-play about Ovid’s ill-fated lovers. The original subtitle for the 19th-century manuscript, crossed out on this page, was “The Wonderful Hole in the Wall.”
N.a. 32 folio 1 recto
Learn more about other 19th-century authors in the Folger collection on Folgerpedia.
American theater manager and playwright Augustin Daly commemorated his productions with special a special copy of the play that featured ephemera from the production alongside play text.
ART Flat c18
Learn more about Daly’s memorial play copies in Erin Blake’s Collation blog post.