William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

 
William Shakespeare (1564-1616)  

 

Texts in the Collection

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, ed. with a glossary by W.J. Craig M.A. (London: Oxford University Press, 1916).The whole volume in one large file in HTML and facs. PDF. Or each play and poem as separate smaller files in HTML

 

Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies. Published according to the True Originall Copies. (London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed. Blount. 1623). [HTML] and also a "parallel edition" with page images of the original on the left and HTML on the right.

The collection known as the "First Folio" was edited by friends of Shakespeare after his death and were organised into three groups: Comedies (14), Histories (10), and Tragedies (12); a "Second Folio" edition appeared in 1632 [facs. PDF]

Editor's Note: There are many facsimile copies of the First Folio online but few are ideal. Many have been poorly scanned with missing, skewed, faint, or distorted pages. I have tried to compile a "composite" PDF with the most readable pages from the best copies I have been able to find. See also

  • the American Library of Congress edition (2 pages facing; colour) [facs. PDF here and their website] and
  • the German Württembergische Landesbibliothek edition (clour, single page) [facs. PDF here and their website].
  • the 1902 Oxford edition: Shakespeare’s Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies. Being a Reproduction in Facsimile of the First Folio Edition 1623 from the Chatsworth copy in the possession of the Duke of Devonshire, K.G. With Introduction and Census of Copies by Sidney Lee (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1902). Black and white facs. PDF; colour version facs. PDF.

 

SHAKE-SPEARES SONNETS. Neuer before Imprinted. At London, By G. Eld for T.T and are to be solde by William Aspley. 1609.

The version we have here is a facsimile reprint of the original by Sidney Lee with the latter's introduction and notes: Shakespeare’s Sonnets. Being a Reproduction in Facsimile of the First Edition 1609. From the Copy in the Malone Collection in the Bodleian Library. With Introduction and Bibliography by Sidney Lee (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1905).

 

SHAKE-SPEARES SONNETS. Neuer before Imprinted. At London, By G. Eld for T.T and are to be solde by William Aspley. 1609.

Shakespeare’s Sonnets and A Lover’s Complaint. With an Introduction by W.H. Hadow (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1907).

  • in HTML and facs. PDF
  • there is also a parallel edition based on Hadow's version of the Sonnets, with page images on the left and HTML text on the right