Shakespearean treasure found in small French library

Saint-Omer is a tiny French town near Lille, known for its "economic and cultural activity in the Middle Ages." Now it will be known for something else: the discovery of the 231st copy of William Shakespeare's First Folio, the first-ever compilation of the Bard's plays published in 1623. It is only the second copy ever found in France. (photo)

The discovery was made by librarian Remy Cordonnier, who was tending to the book when he wondered if it might be a First Folio. The book was verified by Eric Rasmussen from the University of Nevada. Experts believe that the Folio was brought to France by "English refugees from Anglican persecution."