Rare chance to see first published Shakespeare collection

The first folio The Library of Birmingham's first folio is one of only 228 in existence - most of which are located outside the UK

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The Library of Birmingham is giving the public a "rare opportunity" to see one of William Shakespeare's first published collections.

It is the first time its folio, published in 1623 and one of only 228, has been displayed to the public.

"This is a very special opportunity," said a library spokeswoman.

A new exhibition, Library of Cultures, which began last week, also includes the library's most expensive book, Audubon's Birds of America.

Paul Hemmings, special collections senior manager, said: "The first folio is the biggest star in the Library of Birmingham's Shakespeare Collection, which is one of the largest in the world."

Viewing in the Shakespeare Memorial Room will take place on 5 April.

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