Rare first version of Shakespeare’s performs acquired by UBC now on show at Vancouver Art Gallery

The University of British Columbia has added a really invaluable guide to its library, and you’ll guess college students will not be writing notes within the margins of this one.

The faculty has acquired an entire first version of William Shakespeare’s Comedies Histories and Tragedies  a uncommon assortment of 36 of the well-known Bard’s recognized 38 performs. Also generally known as the First Folio, the guide was printed in 1623, seven years after Shakespeare’s dying and is edited by his shut pals and fellow writers and actors.

Katherine Kalsbeek, head of uncommon books and particular collections at UBC Library, felt that, with so few copies left in personal arms, the library wanted to behave when the chance to amass one got here up in 2021.

“The First Folio is a cornerstone of English literature and with this donation, we are able to bring this cultural treasure into public ownership,” Kalsbeek stated in a press release.

From Jan. 12 to March 22, 2022, literary followers can see this treasure for themselves on show on the Vancouver Art Gallery.

The work is being proven alongside with three subsequent Seventeenth-century Folio editions of Shakespeare’s performs, as a part of a new exhibit known as For All Time – The Shakespeare FIRST FOLIO.

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Purchased by Christie’s public sale home

According to a press release from the college, solely 235 copies of the First Folio stay world wide, principally within the U.Ok. and U.S. The 9 copies in public collections on the West Coast are all in California. 

“This is really a gift, not just to UBC, but also to the City of Vancouver and to the many people in the region who appreciate Shakespeare,” stated Kalsbeek. 

UBC bought the First Folio, previously owned by a non-public collector within the U.S., by Christie’s New York with funding supplied by a consortium of donors from throughout North America and with the beneficiant help of the Department of Canadian Heritage.

According to the college, the value tag for its newly-acquired copy can’t be shared as a part of the acquisition settlement with Christie’s.

An October 2020 statement from Christie’s reveals the public sale home offered a distinct copy of the First Folio at that time for simply shy of $10 million US.

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