The earliest record of this copy dates back from around 1900 when John Wilkinson, co-owner of Primrose Mill in Embsay, near Skipton, acquired it. It is however not known where or when exactly Wilkinson bought this copy. He was a scientist and an amateur playwright who co-wrote a play about Skipton. After his death, his sister, Ann Richmond Wilkinson, owned the volume and bequeathed it to the museum in 1936. When it came to the Craven Museum and Gallery, it was incorrectly catalogued as a Second Folio. It remained known as a Second Folio, until in January 2003, Anthony West examined it and determined that it was in fact a First Folio. The security surrounding the volume increased immediately. Since 2011, the copy has been exposed in a secure display case in a secure room built expressly for this purpose. It is one of the few First Folio to be on permanent display and the page opening is regularly changed to preserve it from fading. This First Folio misses all its introductory pages, including the title page and all of the comedies.
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