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Set of Shakespeare’s four Folios goes on display in Central Library

Buffalo and Erie County Public Library’s complete set of Shakespeare’s four Folios, published between 1623 and 1685, is on display in the Central Library, Lafayette Square, in conjunction with “Buffalo Bard 2016,” a collaboration by several local organizations to mark the 400th anniversary of the playwright’s death.

“Celebrating 400 years of Shakespeare: Reflecting on the Life of the Bard” includes additional rare and first-edition 16th- and 17th-century books from the library’s collections that Shakespeare was likely to have known and might have influenced his writing. Admission is free. The exhibit will be on display through January.

The exhibit also recounts how the library came to receive the four Folios in 1924 as a gift from Col. Charles Clifton, a collector, patron of the arts and chairman of the Pierce-Arrow Motor Car Co. To see photos of the exhibit, visit the Rare Book Room section of the library’s website at