January 21, 2022

New: Geneva Collection of Rare Early Shakespeare Books Goes Digital

From swissinfo.ch:

A collection of unique early Shakespeare editions dating back to the late 15th century has been digitised by a team of researchers at the University of Geneva, and is being made available to the public.

In all, 36 titles from Shakespeare, including a 1598 copy of Love’s Labour’s Lost, and 138 titles from other authors, such as The Canterbury Tales by Geof­frey Chaucer printed around 1484, have been digitised by The Bodmer Labe a joint initiative between the Fondation Martin Bodmer located in Cologny, near Geneva, and the Uni­versity of Geneva.

Scholars now have free access to the digital versions of these rare editions, originally published between the late 15th and the end of the 17th century, which form a collection entitled “Early Modern English Books”.

Four volumes are already available online with the remaining due by mid-2018.

The collection includes a copy, in original calf binding, of the First Folio edi­tion (1623) of Shakespeare’s collected dramatic works. It also has a copy of the first edition of Shakespeare’s Troilus and Cressida (1609).

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