Guildhall Library in London has a small exhibit to mark 400 years since Shakespeare’s First Folio.
The City of London Corporation will show one of the earliest printed copies of William Shakespeare’s plays in Guildhall Library to mark the 400th anniversary of the first printed version of his plays.
According to the Telegraph, the book will only be shown for five hours on Monday, April 24, with a 10-minute talk at each hour.
Experts think that the First Folio, which is what most people call it today, is one of the most important books written in English. The book was published in 1623, about seven years after Shakespeare’s death. It saved half of his plays from being lost, including some of his most famous works like Macbeth, Twelfth Night, and As You Like It.
The City of London Corporation owns the Guildhall Library, which is half a mile from Jaggard’s Print House, where the First Folio was made. It is also across the street from St. Mary Aldermanbury Garden, where two of Shakespeare’s friends and fellow actors, John Heminge and Henry Condell, are buried. A bust of Shakespeare stands as a tribute to the book.
The main librarian at the library, Dr. Peter Ross, says that out of the 230 copies of the First Folio that still remain, the one owned by the City of London Corporation is one of the best. It’s also one of the 90 things that are still whole. He also said that half of Shakespeare’s work would have been lost without Heminge and Condell’s collection.
The head of The City of London Corporation’s Culture, Heritage, and Libraries Committee, Wendy Hyde, was proud that the book was in the library. She said that the First Folio was an amazing book that should be kept for future generations as an important piece of history.
People who go to the library will also be able to see two small, original copies of Henry IV Part One and Othello, as well as a copy of the First Folio that looks like the original.
The First Folio will only be on show for five hours. This is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see one of the most important books ever written in English.
Shakespeare fans have to take advantage of this chance. When people go to the Guildhall Library, they can learn about the background of Shakespeare’s plays and see some of his best-known works that have been kept for future generations.