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Rosenbach (1)

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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Corset

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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A Shakespeare Folio

Sidney Lee, Henry Folger, and the First Folio

Sidney Lee né Solomon Lazarus Lee in London in 1859 was a biographer and Shakespearean scholar. He edited the Dictionary of National Biography to which he contributed over 800 articles. He wrote a biography of Shakespeare in 1898. We Americans remember that he delivered lectures on “Foreign Influences in English Literature” at Johns Hopkins University […]

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Frank O. and Mrs. Salisbury on board the S.S. Olympic, 1932. Courtesy of the Folger Shakespeare Library

Bonds Between Frank Salisbury and the Henry Folgers

In 1926, the reserved Henry Clay Folger (1857–1930), CEO at Standard Oil Company of New York, uncharacteristically resolved to have large twin oil portraits made of him and his wife, Emily Jordan Folger (1858–1936). The paintings would hang in the Folger Shakespeare Library to be built in Washington DC to house the greatest collection of […]

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