First Folio found in France to visit Shakespeare' Globe

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Posted: Feb 24, 2015 11:06 AM
First Folio found in France to visit Shakespeare' Globe

LONDON (AP) — A rare first edition of William Shakespeare's plays is to go on display in the Bard's spiritual home, just a few hundred yards (meters) from where it was printed in 1623.

Shakespeare's Globe says a First Folio discovered last year in a library in Saint-Omer, France, will be displayed at the London theater for two months from July 2016.

Actor Mark Rylance says he is delighted that "my favorite book in the world" is coming to the recreated Elizabethan playhouse. The theater lies across the River Thames from site of London's 17th-century printing houses near St. Paul's Cathedral.

Rylance, a former Globe artistic director who stars in BBC television series "Wolf Hall," said Monday it was "magical" that the book would rest so close to where it was created.