Call Number: VAULT Case oversize YS 01 
Author: Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616.
Uniform Title:Plays
Title: Mr. William Shakespeares comedies, histories & tragedies : published according to the true originall copies.
Published: London : Printed by Isaac Iaggard and Ed. Blount, 1623.
Physical Description: [9] ℓ, 303, 100 (i.e. 98), [2], 69-232, [1], 78-80, [25], 98, 109-156, 257-993 [i.e. 339]p. port. 32 cm.
Subject (LCSH): Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 --Bibliography --Folios. 1623.
Other Name: Heming, john, d.1630, ed.
Condell, Henry, d. 1627, ed.
Notes:The First Folio edition.

Newberry Library’s Shakespeare Exhibit

Playbill, December 2016 —  As the world marked the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death, Chicago had good reason to boast. Even though it’s an ocean and half a continent away from Shakespeare’s home turf in England, the city hosted the largest celebration of the Bard in 2016.

“There’s really nothing that matches Shakespeare 400 Chicago,” says Jill Gage, referring to the year-long series of events that took place at Chicago Shakespeare Theater on Navy Pier and other venues around town. As that festival wraps up in December, Gage has curated an exhibit at the Newberry Library called Creating Shakespeare. Inside two galleries flanking the research library’s entrance, glass cases offer glimpses of rare books—including the Newberry’s very own copy of the First Folio, a massive tome that collected all of Shakespeare’s plays in 1623, seven years after his death. Just seeing Shakespeare’s words printed in black ink on that yellowed, centuries-old paper is an eye-opening experience.

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