By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (November 8, 2023) – Today’s edition of Fun with Maps reminds us of the creative talent of Shakespeare.

First Folio

William Shakespeare is regarded as the greatest writer in English language and the world’s pre-eminent dramatist.  He wrote 39 plays and many sonnets and poems.  He was also an actor.

Today is the 400th anniversary of the publication of a collection his plays, called the First Folio published by two friends after Shakespeare’s death in 1616.

As was the custom in his days, several of his work was in collaboration with others — either adding content or partly rewriting the work.  Nonetheless, Shakespeare is seen as the sole or primary author of the plays in the First Folio.

There is a very funny musical released in 2015 about Shakespeare and the competing playwrights, the Bottom brothers, called Something Rotten!  It is a wild show set in the late 1500s with tap dancing eggs, and many references to other musicals and Shakespeare’s works.  Loveland High School is presenting this show next week and more details can be found right here, on Loveland Beacon under Schools tab —  “Something Rotten” on stage at LHS – Loveland Beacon   

This map of England and Wales is from 1856 and was created by Johnson.   

England & Wales – 1856 (Credit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

Visit his antique map boutique world-on-paper online. Watch for his daily feature Steve Kovacs: Fun with Maps here on Loveland Beacon.