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 Labexternal link, 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 onlinexternal linke, 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).
“The Bodmer Lab’s digitization of the early modern English books assembled by Martin Bodmer makes available to scholars and students one of the best collections of early Shakespeare editions in the world, using the tools of the digital era to transform the way literary scholarship is conducted and opening exciting possibilities for further research,” researchers Lukas Erne and Devani Singh said in a statement.