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MIAMI (CBSMiami) — South Floridians will get a rare glimpse of William Shakespeare’s first complete edition of his works.
Works like Macbeth, Antony and Cleopatra, Julius Caesar and The Tempest are on display at an exhibit at the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum.
The museum located on Florida International University’s South campus is the only site in the state chosen to host a copy of Shakespeare’s First Folio.
The first folio – a collection of his works -was published seven years after his death by two of his close friends who wanted to honor him. It’s a gesture that saved 18 plays that had not appeared in print – including those mentioned above.
Only 233 folios are known to survive today out of the 750 printed in 1623. The rare books are valued in the millions of dollars with the last one selling at $5 million at a London auction.
Visitors will also be able to take a virtual reality walk through Shakespeare’s London.
The “First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare” exhibit which commemorates the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death starts Tuesday and runs until February 27th.