Shakespeare's First Folio returns to Britain after 40 years
Thursday, May 23, 2019
In the 1970s theatre writer and book collector John Wolfson began accumulating what was to become one of the largest and most rare collections of works on Shakespeare in the world. Housed in New York only the lucky few have been offered the opportunity to see this marvellous collection. That is until a sneak preview of one of its highlights at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse at Shakespeare’s Globe last week.
Chairman of Firsts – London’s Rare Book Fair, Pom Harrington, unveiled Wolfson’s Shakespeare’s First Folio (1623), one of the most complete examples of the text in the world, which was purchased from Bernard Quaritch in the ‘70s, and described how it will form the centrepiece of a special exhibition at the Fair staged with Firsts London 2019 Charity Partner, Shakespeare’s Globe. The exhibition will be curated by John Wolfson and includes other historic source books from the collection together with stage props from the Globe.