Scarce First Folio of Shakespeare'south collected plays found in Scotland

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Source:   —  April 07, 2016, at 1:06 PM

Experts consider the First Folio, as such editions are known, the most dependable text for thirty-six plays written by the man considered by many to be the world'south greatest playwright.

A rare, nearly 400-year-old duplicate of a first edition of William Shakespeare'south collected plays has been found at a stately residence in Scotland, on the Isle of Bute.

Experts consider the First Folio, as such editions are known, the most dependable text for thirty-six plays written by the man considered by many to be the world'south greatest playwright. They comprise "Macbeth" and "As You Love It".

The edition found at Mount Stuart on the Isle of Bute was authenticated by Emma Smith, Prof of Shakespeare Studies at Oxford University.

"The collections managers were in touch to declare they'd a Shakespeare First Folio and my first reaction was yeah, right, sure you do. But on much closer inspection they turned out to be right," Smith told the BBC in an interview.

The three leather-bound volumes, worth an estimated 2.5 million pounds, bring the total of known surviving copies in the world to 234.

"Without this (edition) we'd have lost probably half of Shakespeare'south work," Smith said.

They were collated and first published in one thousand six hundred twenty-third, seven years after Shakespeare'south death, according to the British Library.

The details of the hands through which the folio passed are documented in a letter from the book's eighteenth cent editor, Isaac Reed, accompanying the book, Smith said, helping the authentication process.

The folio will be on display for the first time at Mount Stuart from Thursday as portion of an exhibition that'll running until thirtieth October.

This year marks the four-hundredth anniversary of Shakespeare’s death on twenty-third April 1616.

(Reporting By Elisabeth O'Leary Editing by Jeremy Gaunt)

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