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Shakespeare's Sources in the ZSR Rare Books Collection: Home
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Shakespeare source materials in the Rare Books Collection
The books listed below are some of the sources used by William Shakespeare in the writing of his plays and poetry. Many of them are the actual editions that Shakespeare may have used. Others are 17th century editions of books available to Shakespeare. Please note that this is not a comprehensive list of Shakespeare's source material! The titles listed are the ones that we happen to have available in the Rare Books Collection. Other sources may be available to you in reprints or in electronic formats.
The Rare Books Collection at ZSR Library contains over 50,000 volumes dating from the 13th through the 21st centuries. To find other relevant materials, search the library catalog or contact Megan Mulder.
Publication Date: London : Imprinted by Felix Kyngston, 1610.
"Newly enlarged with a last part, called A Winter nights Vision, being an addition of such tragedies, especially famous, as are exempted in the former historie, with a poem annexed, called Englands Eliza."
The workes of Geffray Chaucer newly printed by Chaucer, Geoffrey, d. 1400.
Call Number: PR1850 1551w
Publication Date: London : Robert Toye, ca. 1551
Acts and monuments of matters most special and memorable, happening in the church, with a universal historie of the same by Foxe, John, 1516-1587.
Call Number: BR1600 .F62 1641
Publication Date: London : Printed for the Company of Stationers, 1641.
Chroniques de France, d'Angleterre, d'Escoce, d'Espaigne, de Bretaigne, de Gascongne, de Flandres et lieux circunuoisins. by Froissart, Jean, 1338?-1410?
Call Number: D113 .F77 1514
Publication Date: Paris : Guillaume Eustace, 
Publication Date: London : By Thomas Vautroullier and Iohn Wight, 1579.
"Translated out of Greeke into French by Iames Amyot, Abbot of Bellozane, Bishop of Auxerre, one of the Kings priuy counsel, and great Amner of Fraunce, and out of French into Englishe by Thomas North."
Ovid's Metamorphosis Englished, mythologiz'd, and represented in figures. by Sandys, George, 1578-1644.
Call Number: PA6522 .M2 S3 1632
Publication Date: Oxford : Iohn Lichfield, 1632.
The discoverie of witchcraft by Scot, Reginald, 1538?-1599.
Call Number: BF1565 .S4 1930
Publication Date: [London] : John Rodker, 1930.
"The spelling ... is that of the edition of 1584."
The Faerie Qveene : disposed into twelue bookes, Fashioning XII. Morall vertues. by Spenser, Edmund, 1552?-1599.
Call Number: PR2358 .A1 1596
Publication Date: London : Printed for VVilliam Ponsonbie, 1596.