400-year-old Shakespeare’s ‘First Folio’ found in Scotland

Apr 8, 2016 14:14 IST

A copy of the first edition of the original ‘First Folio’ authored by William Shakespeare was found at the Mount Stuart House on the Isle of Bute, off the western coast of Scotland. The edition was first published in 1623, seven years after Shakespeare death.

The discovery comes ahead of the 400th death anniversary of the playwright. Shakespeare died on 23 April 1616.
With this, the number of known surviving copies of the First Folio in the world to 234. Most others are in libraries and accessible only to scholars.

It is one of the world’s most sought-after books, which contains 36 of the Bard, 18 of which would otherwise not have been recorded.

The goatskin-bound book contains plays like Macbeth, Twelfth Night, Julius Caesar, As You Like It and The Tempest among others.

The First Folio is worth an estimated 2 to 2.5 million pounds (about 18.8 crore to 23.5 crore rupees) but it is not up for sale. It will be on public display at Mount Stuart until October 2016.

The first page of the Folio is an inscription from an 18th century editor of Shakespeare called Isaac Reed, who has described the process that how he acquired the book in 1786. The Folio also includes annotations by Reed that suggest he used it as a working document.

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