Titled “First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare,” the tour will give Bard fans a chance to see the Folio, printed in 1623, which forms the basis for countless reprints to this day. Dates for the tour have not yet been announced.
The Folger promises that “individual copies of this precious book, which is the hallmark of the Folger's collection, will be sent to libraries across the country with an accompanying interpretive exhibition. Theatrical performances and educational initiatives will cluster around the First Folio in local schools and theaters, providing a truly rich experience for anyone who wants the chance to see this historic book and learn more about the Bard.”
Of the 233 surviving original copies of the First Folio, the Folger owns 82.
The Washington Post reported that “Hundreds of hopeful libraries, museums, historical societies and other cultural venues submitted applications for a chance to host a free four-week display.”
Among the winners (dates to be announced):
San Diego, CA: The Old Globe with San Diego Public Library
Washington, D.C.: Gallaudet University
New York, NY.: New-York Historical Society
Amherst, MA.: Amherst College
Libertyville, IL.: Lake County Discovery Museum
Atlanta, GA.: Emory University Honolulu, Hawaii: Kapiolani Community College
Seattle, WA.: The Seattle Public Library