The Norton Facsimile of the First Folio of Shakespeare. First Edition, New York W. W. Norton & Company Inc. 11 October, 1968. Folio 10" wide, 3" deep, 15" tall. First Facsimile Edition, first impression. Publisher's quarter red leather and red buckram, red silk marker, decorative endpapers, gilt lettering direct to leather spine with raised bands ruled gilt. Red buckram slipcase. Folio. pp. xxx, 928. Prepared by Charlton Hinman. Book in very good condition in a slipcase with slight signs of wear, especially to corners. Weight 12 Pounds. PROVENANCE: A Charleston SC Private Estate. When it was published in 1968, The Norton Facsimile set a new standard for scholarly accuracy. It was the first facsimile in which every page had been selected from a large number of copies in an attempt to find a clean, clear example with minimal show-through. Even more important, it offered the latest, most corrected state of pages known to vary from copy to copy because of correction at press. Finally, it introduced a standard system of reference, "through line numbering," based on the lines printed in the 1623 edition rather than on the acts, scenes, and lines of a modern edition. These improvements, the meticulous work of the great Folio scholar Charlton Hinman made possible by the extensive Folger Library Collection, established The Norton Facsimile as an indispensable volume for book collectors and serious readers of Shakespeare.