The first printing of Shakespeare’s complete plays of 1623 is known today as the “First Folio” and it might rightly be considered the Holy Grail of rare book collecting. Haverford owns a copy of the First Folio as well as each of the three subsequent printings of 1632, 1663/64, and 1685. In addition to the texts of the comedies, histories, and tragedies, the First Folio contains what many consider to be the most authentic engraved portrait of Shakespeare. Originally selling for £1, surviving copies of the First Folio have set record prices at auction in recent years. Haverford’s four Folios were purchased at auction in 1946 by William Pyle Philips HC ’02 and together with over 100 other titles form the core of the William Pyle Philips Collection of Rare Books. The collection reflects Philips’ life-long interest in Shakespeare as it contains many of the poet’s works, texts that inspired him, texts of his time, and works inspired by him.