Title page of Mr. William Shakespeares comedies, histories & tragedies : published according to the true originall copies. (First Folio)
William Shakespeare was born in 1564. He was baptised on 26 April 1564 and his birthday is traditionally celebrated on 23 April, which is also the anniversary of his death.
The photograph above shows the title page of the First Folio. The Library holds a copy of all four Folios. The Library’s copy of the first folio is the only known copy in Australia.
To celebrate Shakespeare’s birthday, there will be a special event at the Library today. Between 12pm and 3pm the Folios will be on display in the Shakespeare Room at the Library. Find out more about this event here.