I love this story.

Via Deutsche Welle.

A rare First Folio has been discovered in Scotland, the University of Oxford announced on Thursday. A First Folio is a scarce collection of 36 of William Shakespeare’s plays published in 1623. It is not only in essence a “first edition,” of the Bard’s work but also the only reliable source for twenty of his most famous pieces, such as Macbeth and Julius Caesar.

The tome was uncovered at Mount Stuart, a large manor house on the Isle of Bute off the western coast of Scotland. The find makes a total of 234 known copies of the First Folio in the world, with nearly all the others are held by libraries and available only to academics.

“In terms of literary discoveries, they do not come much bigger than a new First Folio, and we are really excited that this has happened on Bute,” said Alice Martin, head of collections at the house. The director of the Mount Stuart House Trust, Adam Ellis-Jones, described the revelation as “genuinely astonishing.”

What is unique about this particular iteration, according to Oxford Professor Emma Smith, is that the First Folio has usually only been seen as one large volume. Instead, the Bute copy has been split into three, separated by categories of history, tragedy, and comedy.

“This is something that you could take to the fireside and enjoy,” Smith told the BBC. “It’s a book we most likely now see … in a glass case, and one of the things that this copy … shows us is a time when people just really used this book, they enjoyed it, they scribbled on it, they spilt their wine on it, their pet cats jumped on it.”


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  1. dennisl59 says:

    Here’s a little more detail about the story from ‘The Scotsman’, Scotland’s National Newspaper:

    Not surprising it was found in a Scottish Castle, those are well known, world wide, as being the creepiest ones ever built. So someone was looking around in the kitchen and this was found behind the copy of ‘Famous Scottish Cuisines’? (/sarc)

    posted 4/7 1041pm Texas[Haggis]Time

  2. Tammy says:

    Love that, thanks dennis 🙂

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