The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., has selected Boise State University as one of the hosts for a traveling tour of William Shakespeare’s First Folio, one of the world’s most treasured books.
The exhibition is called “First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare.” Published in 1623, seven years after Shakespeare’s death, the First Folio is the first collected edition of his plays and contains 36 scripts.
Without the First Folio, 18 of Shakespeare’s plays would be lost, including “Macbeth,” “Julius Caesar,” “Twelfth Night,” “The Tempest,” “Antony and Cleopatra,” “The Comedy of Errors” and “As You Like It.” All 18 appeared for the first time in print in the First Folio.
For the First Folio tour, the rare book will be opened to one of the most quoted lines in the world, “to be or not to be” from Hamlet. Albertsons Library will work in partnership with the Arts and Humanities Institute to host the exhibition.
“We are very excited to be hosting the Shakespeare First Folio exhibit,” said Tracy Bicknell-Holmes, dean of Albertsons Library. “As the only library in Idaho to have the exhibit, our mission will be to share Shakespeare with the public through events open to the community and state. There will be opportunities for a lot of people to share in this wonderful experience.”
It will be on display in the Arts and Humanities Institute Gallery at the Yanke Family Research Center from Aug. 20-Sept. 21, 2016.