Tue 24 - Thu 26 Feb / Free Public viewings

Shakespeare’s First Folio at La Médiathèque

As he was preparing for an exhibition, Rémy Cordonnier, archivist at the Saint-Omer library, made the discovery of his life: a rare Shakespeare First Folio. The book, printed in 1623, 7 years after the death of the playwright, had been dormant on its shelf for over 200 years, wrongly registered as an 18th Century book. It is the 233rd known specimen of this first imprint, and one of the most valuable books in the world: in 2001, one was sold in New York for 5,6 million dollars.

La Médiathèque at the Institut français du Royaume-Uni is delighted to welcome back the Folio from 24 to 26 Feb.
In the newly renovated listed room, you will be able to contemplate the orignal Folio and flick freely through its digital copy. The director of the Saint-Omer library’s medieval and early modern collection as well as the Library team will be there to answer any of your questions.

More information: library@institutfrancais.org.uk

Tue 24 to Thu 26 Feb | 12.00pm – 07.00pm | Free Public viewings

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