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This copy of the First Folio edition was purchased by the Universitäts- und Stadtbibliothek Köln in 1960. It is known as the Ouvry-Carysfort-Proby-Newton copy, and it can be traced back continuously to Frederic Ouvry, a friend of Charles Dickens, who bought it around 1870. It measures 31 × 21 cm and its current binding in red Marocco was made by the firm Clarke and Bedford in 1860. There is one misbound leaf A4 (Ben Jonson's poem). In the "Census of Extant Copies" published by Sidney Lee as a supplement to his facsimile reproduction of the First Folio this copy is rated under Class I, Division A, as number VI, i.e. it belongs to the best preserved complete copies [Sidney Lee. Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies. A Supplement to the Reproduction in Facsimile of the First Folio Edition (1623) from the Chatsworth Copy in the Possession of the Duke of Devonshire, K. G. Containing a Census of Extant Copies with Account of their History and Condition. Oxford: Clarendon; London: Library Association, 1902]. A detailed account of the Cologne copy is given in: Wolfgang Weiß.  Das Kölner Exemplar von Shakespeares First Folio (1623). Krefeld, 1973.

The Universitäts- und Stadtbibliothek Köln gave permission to produce electronic facsimile bitmaps from this copy. The Shakespeare Database includes the front matter of the First Folio, as well as 31 plays, which have been used as copy texts. This First Folio copy was also used for transliterating the respective original spelling texts.