Firsts, London’s Rare Book Fair celebrates 400 year’s of Shakespeare’s legacy
Firsts, London’s Rare Book Fair is now open from the 19th to the 21st of May, celebrating the 400-year anniversary of Shakespeare’s First Folio, a copy of which is on display at the fair. Published in 1623, the First Folio contains 36 of Shakespeare’s plays and was the first printed source for 18 of them. Many of Shakespeare’s most famous works, such as Macbeth and The Tempest, would have been lost forever if they hadn’t been included in the book.
The book fair, which is free for everyone to attend, will be a unique opportunity for the public to admire this iconic book outside a museum setting. Alongside this astonishing item, visitors to Firsts will be able to see a range of similarly incredible books, manuscripts, maps and ephemera presented by over 100 antiquarian book dealers.
Other highlight items to appear at the fair include an original maquette for the BAFTA trophy, a handwritten page from Dickens’ manuscript for The Pickwick Papers and a copy of the first English translation of the Quran.
For further information, please visit Firsts’ website here