Rare Collection of Shakespearian Plays Found

- FILE - William Shakespeare (Photo: Sotheby's / MGN)

(WTNH) — The collection brought together 36 plays — including Macbeth, Twelfth Night, Julius Caesar, As You Like It, and The Tempest.

A copy of William Shakespeare’s First Folio has been discovered at Mount Stuart House on the Isle of Bute in Scotland. The First Folio was printed seven years after the playwright’s death in 1623, and about 230 copies are known to exist. Experts say it’s not clear how many copies of the First Folio were produced, but a rough estimate puts the figure at about 750.

The last copy found was in a Jesuit library in Saint Omer, France two years ago. The First Folio is considered incredibly rare, and can go for a large price in collectors’ auctions. For instance, another copy owned by Oxford University was sold for the equivalent of just under 4 million U.S. dollars in 2003.

The First Folio, which was authenticated by academics, brings together a total of 36 plays. Of those plays, 18 would not have been recorded. It also is the only record of an iconic portrait of Shakespeare by Martin Droeshout.

This discovery comes right before the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, April 23rd, 1616.

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