- Associated Press - Thursday, April 14, 2016

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - One of William Shakespeare’s first printed collections of works from 1623 is going on display in at the Ernest F. Hollings Special Collections Library at the University of South Carolina.

An exhibit featuring the “First Folio” opens Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. The event commemorates the 400th anniversary of the author’s death.

According to the British Library, around 750 First Folios were printed and 233 are known to have survived worldwide.

The library says the book was published seven years after Shakespeare’s death and contains 36 plays. Of those, 17 were printed in his lifetime, one was printed after his death and 18 had not been printed. Without it, 18 plays including Twelfth Night, Macbeth, Julius Caesar and The Tempest might never have survived.

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