Shakespeare Quartos Archive launched online

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All 32 surviving quarto editions of Shakespeare's Hamlet have been collated in a free digital archive launched yesterday.

Shakespeare Quartos Archive allows scholars to compare early printed copies of the famous play in one place, without travelling between the world's great libraries.

The website's interactive format means high-quality page images can be annotated, searched and compared side by side for the first time.

The Transatlantic venture – funded by JISC in the UK and the National Endowment for the Humanities in the US – is being led by the Bodleian Library, Oxford, and the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington DC.

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