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THTR 217: Performance Historiography: Rare Books

Holinshed's Chronicles of England, Scotland, and Ireland

The Holinshed Project

"A parallel text edition of the two versions of the Chronicles published in 1577 and 1587, which enables all interested in the Chronicles to make comparisons between the two texts." (Oxford University)

Macbeth Resources

King James I

Latin Sources

 C. Plinii Secundi opus divinum, cui titulus Historia naturalis, multoquam antehac unquam prodiit in lucem castigatius, una cum annotationibus Hermolai Barbari, Ac sincero exemplari eruditorum hominum, ex quo nonnula etiamà marginibus adscripta sunt. ... Ad lectorem ...

Title page from 1514 edition; engravings by Jehan Petit.  We own the 1526 edition.

Shakespeare probably read the English translation: PLINIUS SECUNDUS, Caius. The Historie of the World: Commonly called, the Naturall Historie of C. Plinius Secundus. Translated into English by Philemon Holland. London: Adam Islip, 1601.

Quartos and Publishers

The 1608 quarto edition of King Lear has some significant differences with the version published in the First Folio in 1623. Some modern editions of Shakespeare's complete works print two versions of Lear - one based on each text. (Harvard University)

Literary Sources for Shakespeare

The whole works of Homer, prince of poetts : in his Iliads, and Odysses / translated according to the Greeke, by Geo. Chapman ... [1616?]

LIVY. The Romane Historie Written by T. Livius of Padua. Also, the Breviaries of L. Florus: with a Chronologie to the whole Historie: and the Topographie of Rome in old time. Translated out of Latine into English, by Philemon Holland, Doctor in Physicke. London, Printed by Adam Islip, 1600.

Other Primary Sources for Shakespeare

Francis Bacon

Essayes or counsels civill and morall, of Francis Lo. Verulam, Viscount of St. Alban. 1632

Of the advancement and proficience of learning, or the partitions of sciences. 1640

Second Folio 1632

The First Folio

Books in the Hatfield Library

Willamette University

Willamette University Libraries

Mark O. Hatfield Library
900 State Street.
Salem Oregon 97301
Pacific Northwest College of Art Library
511 NW Broadway.
Portland Oregon 97209