UBC receives first edition of William Shakespeare’s Comedies Histories and Tragedies

January 14, 2022
The University of British Columbia has announced that it has added a complete first edition of William Shakespeare's Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies, published in 1623, to its collection. UBC purchased the First Folio with funding provided by donors when an opportunity to acquire a copy of the book arose in 2021. The book includes 36 of Shakespeare’s known 38 plays and is not in perfect shape, which provides an opportunity for scholars to study the changes made to it and their significance. “This is really a gift, not just to UBC, but also to the City of Vancouver and to the many people in the region who appreciate Shakespeare,” said Katherine Kalsbeek, head of rare books and special collections at UBC Library. UBC | CBC (BC)