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UK Blog #13 on Guest Blogger Crossing the Pond

Author of Collecting Shakespeare: The Story of Henry and Emily Folger, Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014, I submitted my first guest blog in December 2014 and my twelfth in March 2017. I plan to submit my next guest blog after having spoken on the Folger story in six locations in the UK according to […]

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Henry E. Huntington, the Greatest Book Collector

In “Why America buys England’s books,” a 1927 article in the Atlantic Monthly, Philadelphia bookseller Rosenbach wrote that Henry E. Huntington was the “greatest collector of books the world has ever known.” The London Times called him “The Quaritch of America.” Three published biographies and 200 acres in a posh Los Angeles suburb tell us […]

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The Greatest Antiquarian Bookseller the World Has Seen

Abraham Simon Wolf Rosenbach (1876–1952) was known respectfully as the Doctor or Dr. R, and familiarly as Rosy. He lived at 2008–2010 Delancey Place, Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia, and maintained a second bookshop at 15 East 51st Street in New York City. Fundamental to Rosenbach’s success was his intellectual training at the University of Pennsylvania. With […]

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Queen Elizabeth’s Corsets

By Stephen Grant. In October 1931, armored trucks left Brooklyn––where Shakespeare collectors Henry and Emily Folger had lived––for a night ride to Washington DC. Security guards packed Colt .45 pistols, riot guns, and tear-gas bombs. When Folger Shakespeare Library staff unpacked the 2100 cases constituting the Folger collection, they were in for a few surprises. […]

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Emily Jordan Folger’s Shakespeare Play Diary 1906 – 1930

Emily Jordan Folger’s Shakespeare Play Diary 1906 – 1930 By Stephen Grant Dodd, Mead Co. in New York produced a handy hardback book 5×8 inches in size, green in color, and full of blank pages: Plays I have Seen. From 1906 until 1930, the year her husband Henry Clay Folger died, Emily Jordan Folger filled […]

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Henry Folger’s Brigg Umbrella with Concealed Pencil

The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington DC contains not only Shakespearean treasures of every sort and size but various items belonging to its founders. Henry Folger ordered two racing umbrellas from the company founded in London in 1836 by Thomas Brigg as “Brigg and Sons.” The Folgers would have custom-ordered the umbrellas in London. The […]

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From Bangs to Maggs: Folger Fourth Folios

In 1889, 10 years after he graduated from Amherst College and 84 years before I did, Henry Folger walked “with fear and trepidation” into the foremost book auction house in America, Bangs and Co. on 91 Fifth Avenue. A large, thick volume caught his eye and changed his life forever. For the first time, he […]

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Travel to England by Henry and Emily Folger, 1903 – 1923

Henry Folger was unlike his executive colleagues at the Standard Oil Company in New York who vacationed in Florida and California or cruised the Mediterranean. He took his wife and collecting partner Emily to England eleven times between 1903 and 1923. In the first year, 1903, he purchased as many as EIGHT First Folios: Folger […]

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Bernard Quaritch Ltd. and Henry Folger

“I regret that you insist upon a discount from my catalogue prices. I must decline trading on such terms. That other booksellers allow 10% discount from their catalogue is no precedent for me. These men made their selling prices accordingly. I am sorry that I must lose you as a customer.” Hard bargainer Henry Clay […]

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