William Shakespeare’s first folio was published in 1623 and was recently authenticated, exciting news for literary nerds everywhere. This publication was expensive for those who put it together and an extremely prestigious collection of his work. This book is so important even thousands of years later because some of his plays wouldn’t have survived if the only copies we had were the ones printed in his day.

In college some of my favorite classes I took were Shakespeare classes. In one of those fantastic coincidences, the beautiful Seattle Public Library downtown brought Shakespeare’s first folio as an exhibit and my mom and I reserved tickets to go see it.

When we arrived we got a major surprise, a third folio opened to a page from As You Like It. With this folio plays such as Twelfth Night and Macbeth were able to survive time and be read and studied by us today. The first folio was opened to Hamlet and the famous “To be or not to be” speech. It was so great to be in the presence of something so historical.