The effort is possible through the international collaboration
of the libraries holding individual copies of these rare works,
and is under the general guidance of Dr Richard Kuhta, Librarian
of the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC. The project
will bring together - for the first time - the entire corpus of
Shakespeare Quarto editions in a format that will allow examination,
study, comparison and research by scholars and students worldwide.
The collection and facsimile and electronic editions will be
available for purchase at Octavo's
each of the half-dozen participating libraries will be free to
provide new public access to the Quartos from its own collection.
The British Library is proud to be associated with this ground-breaking