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THE National Library of Scotland (NLS) will display the first collected edition of Shakespeare’s plays, published seven years after his death.

The collection has been gathered over four centuries by the University of Edinburgh and the library. Beyond MacBeth tells how England’s bard has been viewed in Scotland over the years. Senior NLS curator Helen Vincent said: “Most people think of Shakespeare in an English context but we hope to highlight his importance in Scottish literary life.”

It also includes a copy of the First Folio. Produced by his friends several years after his death, it comprises 36 plays and allowed the works to survive into the modern day.

The exhibition also features one of the rarest published playbooks of Shakespeare, a 1559 edition of the tragedy Titus Andronicus.