MG client, the Folger Shakespeare Library, has announced the locations for its 2016 national traveling exhibition of First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare—one of the world’s most treasured books. In partnership with Cincinnati Museum Center and the American Library Association, the Folger will tour Shakespeare’s original First Folio to all 50 states, Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico.
Media interest in the First Folio tour has garnered coverage in The New York Times, Fine Books and Collectibles, Washington Post and a bevy of outlets in local host city sites. MG is helping the Folger with public relations support for this tour.
To be or not to be—why is the First Folio tour such a big deal?
The First Folio, which is the first collected edition of Shakespeare’s plays, was published in 1623, seven years after Shakespeare’s death. Two of Shakespeare’s actors, John Heminge and Henry Condell, compiled 36 of his plays in hopes of preserving them for future generations. Many of Shakespeare’s plays—which were written only for theatrical performance—were not published during his lifetime. Without the First Folio, we would not have 18 of the plays, including Macbeth, Julius Caesar, Twelfth Night, The Tempest, Antony and Cleopatra, The Comedy of Errors, and As You Like It.
The Folger Shakespeare Library houses 82 copies of the First Folio, by far the largest collection in the world with over a third of the known copies in the world today. Researchers believe that only about 750 copies were originally printed and most have been lost over the last few hundred years. One of the most valuable printed books in the world, a First Folio sold for $6.2 million in 2001 at Christie’s and another for $5.2 million in 2006 in London.
MG is proud to play a part of such an historic project and we look forward to seeing the First Folio when the tour passes through our hometowns in Washington, D.C., Chicago, San Francisco and Portland.
For more information on the Folger and the First Folio tour, please visit Folger.edu