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  • Brooke's Romeus and Juliet

    Book, Octavo, Manuscript annotation

    The tragic plot of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet (1595-96) was by no means original. It was based on a famous folktale ...

  • Celebration of Shakespeare in Meres' Wit's Treasur...

    Book, Octavo

    This tiny but important book, Palladis Tamia or Wits Treasury (1598), was written by the clergyman and literary critic F...

  • Portrait of John Donne, aged 18

    Book, Octavo, Engraving, Illustration, Image

    This portrait portrays John Donne (1572–1631), aged 18, as a young man poised for adventure. He is dressed in a dark pa...

  • Shakespeare's Collected Poems, 1640

    Book, Octavo, Engraving, Illustration, Image

    This controversial edition of Shakespeare’s sonnets and miscellaneous poems was published in 1640 by John Benson (d. 166...