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Thursday, January 20, 2022

UBC Library Gifts Shakespeare’s First Folio of 1623 – Coast Mountain News

A very unique William Shakespeare book featuring 36 of his 38 known plays has been gifted to the library of the University of British Columbia.

Also known as The First Folio, The Comic History and Tragedy of William Shakespeare It was edited by some of his close friends, including fellow writers and actors. It was published in 1623, seven years after his death, and was considered the most accurate of all early printings.

The book was previously owned by a private collector in the US. UBC purchased the book with the help of several donors throughout North America and with the support of the Canadian Heritage Department.

“We are deeply grateful to the many foundations and individual donors who have been instrumental in making such an acquisition possible,” said University Librarian Dr. Susan E. Parker.

Katherine Kalsbeck, head of rare books and special collections at UBC, first became aware of the book’s availability in early 2021. It has only 235 copies in the world and is now second in Canada.

“The First Folio is a cornerstone of English literature,” said Kalsbeek. “Adding the first folio to the UBC library collection represents a milestone in terms of our development as both a library and a university.”

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With the acquisition of the historical book, it gives many people and students the opportunity to dive into a piece of history that consumes people more than they understand.

Next steps include making the book and its content more accessible to all, including collaborating on an augmented and virtual reality presentations – work being done by the university’s Center of Digital Media – not only to gain new communities With hope, but also includes increasing one. UBC called the world’s more valuable writings.

President Santa J. “Preserving this precious book in the UBC library makes it accessible to future generations,” Ono said.

The school also plans to partner with several art centers in the province, including the Vancouver Art Gallery, to get exposure to the book.

“This is truly a gift, not only to UBC, but to the city of Vancouver and to the many people in the area who appreciate Shakespeare,” Kalsbeck said.

The Historic Fragment of History is available to the public on display at the Vancouver Art Gallery from January 12 to March 22.

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