Found: Shakespeare’s First Folio worth £4m

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A 400-year-old volume of the complete works of Shakespeare has been discovered in a library in northern France

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400-year-old volume of the complete works of Shakespeare has been discovered in a library in northern France.

The First Folio, which was printed in 1623, was found buried in the archives of the building in Saint Omer, France, and is said to be worth £4million. The treasure was found two months ago but was kept secret while it was authenticated, as the title page and several others appeared to be missing.

The full title of the book is Mr William Shakespeare‘s Comedies, Histories and Tragedies: it contains 36 plays and is one of only 750 copies ever to have been printed. Until this exciting revelation, only 228 of these were believed to still be in existence, including five kept in the British Library.

Despite its incredible value, librarian Rémy Cordonnier insists that the library would never sell it.

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