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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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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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British Captain John Robinson and the Henry Folgers

  Rosy-cheeked white-bearded poet, painter, and shipmaster Captain John Robinson of Watford, Hertfordshire was a commanding presence on the bridge of the steamship Minnehaha from 1900 until he retired from the American-owned Atlantic Transport Line due to poor eyesight in 1907. His seafaring career spanned a half-century, starting as cabin boy at a shilling a […]

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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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