Four centuries of the Bard’s great book

Geoff Ward
6 min readFeb 17
The title page of the First Folio, 1623.

Four hundred years ago this spring, in a dim, grimy and smelly — yet still prestigious — printing shop in London’s bustling Barbican, a major project was more than half-way completed.

Begun early the previous year at William Jaggard’s premises, at the sign of the Half-Eagle and Key, it was a huge task that would produce the single most important and influential book in world drama —…

Geoff Ward

Writer, poet, tutor and mentor in literature and creative writing (MA and BA Hons degrees in English literature), book editor, journalist and musician.