Special Collections Celebrates 400 Years of Shakespeare!

A new exhibit highlighting the works of William Shakespeare is now on display in Hornbake Library!

In conjunction with the 400 year anniversary of the death of Shakespeare, Special Collections & University Archives joins libraries and departments across campus for Shakespeare@UMD!

Items on display in Hornbake Library include a second folio of the collected works of Shakespeare, printed in 1632 by Thomas Cotes, former apprentice to William Jaggard, who had printed the First Folio with his son Isaac in 1623. Individual copies of the Second Folio were issued with title-page inscriptions to each of the five publishers. Our copy is inscribed “for John Smethwick”. By at least one accounting, “Not more than three or four copies are known with the Smethwick imprint….”

Alongside the treasured second folio, several illustrated editions of Shakespeare’s plays are on display. A beautiful gilt-embossed cover graces an 1848 edition of The Female Characters of Shakespeare, while a wild-eyed King Lear glares out of a 1930 anthology by the illustrator Yunge and a rare print depicts the infamous Falstaff, seated as if casually observing his viewer.

This exhibition will be up through April 2016. After you explore the exhibit, visit the Maryland Room in Hornbake Library to explore more works by Shakespeare in Special Collections and University Archives.

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