First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare National Exhibition Comes to California

First Folio

Have you ever seen an original copy of Shakespeare’s First Folio? Well, soon you can when it visits Southern California. The Folger Shakespeare Library, in partnership with Cincinnati Museum Center and the American Library Association, is touring a First Folio of Shakespeare in 2016 to all 50 states, Washington, DC, and Puerto Rico.

Here in California, The Old Globe and its partner, the San Diego Public Library, have been chosen to host First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare, a national traveling exhibition of the Shakespeare First Folio. It is one of the most valuable printed books in the world; a First Folio sold for $6.2 million in 2001 at Christie’s and another one for $5.2 million in 2006 in London. It originally sold for one British pound (20 shillings)—about $200 today.  More

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