Mount Stuart Mansion on the Isle of Bute in Scotland, released April 7, 2016, shows a three-volume work that makes up a newly discovered William Shakespeare First Folio. AFP / MOUNT STUART
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A nearly 400-year-old copy of a first edition of William Shakespeare's collected plays has been found in a vast aristocratic house on the Isle of Bute, off the western coast of Scotland. Published in 1623, the First Folio contains Shakespeare's 36 plays, including several that had never been published before – and might have been lost without it – such as "Macbeth," "The Tempest" and "As You Like It". The discovery at Mount Stuart, the grand neo-Gothic home of the Marquesses of Bute, brings the total number of known surviving copies of the First Folio to 234 . Worth an estimated 2 to 2.5 million pounds ($2.8 to $3.5 million) according to Smith, the Folio is not up for sale and will be placed on public display at Mount Stuart until coming October.
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