Softcover Flexis Notebook | First Folio


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Original Art: Shakespeare’s First Folio book binding
Era: circa 1800 binding, 1623 publication
Region: London, England

This gold-tooled design comes from a unique binding attributed to Christian Samuel Kalthoeber, a German bookbinder working in London. He created the beautiful new cover for this copy of Shakespeare’s First Folio around 1800.

Originally published in 1623 in London, Mr. William Shakespeare’s Comedies, Histories & Tragedies, known as the First Folio, is a frozen-in-time account of his plays, including typesetting errors and spelling mistakes. A massive publishing undertaking, it was proofread and corrected while being printed, so different versions of the book contain different errors and corrections. Prepared by his colleagues John Heminges and Henry Condell seven years after his death, it contains 36 of Shakespeare’s plays printed in folio format.

Today, the First Folio is considered one of the most influential books published. It is acknowledged as being the only reliable text for the 18 Shakespeare plays that had never been previously printed, including Macbeth, The Tempest and Twelfth Night. From an original print run of approximately 750, only 235 copies are known to have survived. Due to its influence and scarcity, the First Folio is one of the most valuable printed books in the world, with one being sold at auction in 2020 for nearly $10 million.


  • Paperblanks: Shakespeare’s Library 
  • No closure
  • Smyth sewn
  • Back cover pouch
  • Decorative printed cover paper
  • Smooth interior paper
  • FSC-certified text paper
  • Threaded stitching and glue, as needed
  • Cloth headbands
  • Acid-free sustainable forest paper
  • Flexible cover and spine

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