Shakespeare Folio Discovered in France | Le Quotidien du Théâtre | Scoop.it

Publié par le New York Times :

 

A first folio of Shakespeare’s plays — one of only 233 known examples — was discovered by chance in a public library near Calais, France.

 

First folios of Shakespeare’s plays are among the world’s rarest books, intensely scrutinized by scholars for what their sometimes-minute variations — each copy is different — reveal about the playwright’s intentions.

Now a previously unknown folio has surfaced at a small library in northern France, bringing the world’s known total of surviving first folios to 233.

“This is huge,” said Eric Rasmussen, an American Shakespeare expert who traveled to France over the weekend to authenticate the volume. “First folios don’t turn up very often, and when they do, it’s usually a really chewed up, uninteresting copy. But this one is magnificent.”

 

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