Fleet Folios.

Books The Folger Shakespeare library has sent eighth of its First Folios on a tour of the US, covering all fifty states, reports the New York Times.

It's the first time a copy of the Folio has visit many of these areas and although I've always been cautious about just what you can gain from seeing just two pages open in a book, and find exhibitions of volumes frustrating for this reason, the power of this object is stronger than most because it's a piece of the past, a way for us to touch a moment (or at least look at it through glass) within living memory of the man who invented many of those words:
"The book, on loan from the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, drew a steady stream of visitors last Saturday, including Amy Redhage, who had driven seven hours from Lowden, Iowa, with her five children.

“I went to Stratford-on-Avon with my high school orchestra, but I don’t think we got to see anything like a First Folio,” she said with a touch of reverence.

Other pilgrims have shown flashes of outright Shakespearemania, like a college student who visited later that afternoon and announced her intention to get a passage from “Macbeth” tattooed on her side.

“She stood next to the Folio and tried to keep herself from crying,” said Patricia Bornhofen, the museum’s communications manager, who was keeping watch over the exhibition."
For my part, I'm resting watching my way through the 1001 (odd) film list and instead having a go at the canon again beginning with Peter Hall's ravishing 1969 film of A Midsummer Night's Dream starring Helen Mirren, David Warner, Diana Rigg, Michael Jayston, Helen Mirren, Clive Swift, Ian Richardson, Judi Dench and Ian Holm (which I didn't even realise existed until I saw this tweet).  It's available to hire as a stream from Amazon Video.

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