The Shakespeare First Folio – Coming to Missoula
A book published in 1623 containing many of Shakespeare plays will be on display in Missoula in the near future.
The University of Montana announced that it was chosen to host the Montana exhibit of the Shakespeare First Folio, with the 2016 tour date to be announced in April.
The book is one of 82 copies of the First Folio at the Folger Shakespeare Library, which is partnering with the Cincinnati Museum Center and American Library Association to bring the rare book to all 50 states, Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico.
UM's Mike and Maureen Mansfield Library and Montana Museum of Art and Culture are responsible for the exhibit in Missoula, with MMAC being the site for display of the folio and other related panels.
The Folio was the first collected edition of Shakespeare's plays and was published seven years after his death. Historians believe that only 750 copies were printed. Only 233 copies still exist.
When on display in Missoula, the book will be opened to Shakespeare's most quoted line from Hamlet - "To be or not to be."
"First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare" is part of the programs commemorating the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death.