The cover of William Shakespeare’s First Folio

The famous First Folio of Shakespeare's works, created in 1623 -- seven years after his death on April 23, 1616. The First Folio was the first printed collection of nearly all (36) of Shakespeare's plays.

The title reads, "MR. WILLIAM SHAKESPEARES COMEDIES, HISTORIES, & TRAGEDIES. Published according to the True Originall Copies." The cover engraving, by Martin Droeshout, has become the go-to image of Shakespeare down through the years.

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