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The printed book collections of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, Stratford-upon-Avon (established 1866) comprise some 55,000 titles focusing on the life, work and times of William Shakespeare, and the history of Shakespeare's works on the stage as well as titles relating to the Shakespeare family and to Stratford-upon-Avon and the surrounding local area.

Collection Highlights Collection 1: The collections include the library of the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) (founded as the Shakespeare Memorial Library in 1880) deposited in 1964. Pre-1700 imprints number approximately 850 titles such as the Pavier Shakespeare quartos (1619) of King Lear, The Merchant of Venice, The Merry Wives of Windsor and A Midsummer Night's Dream, and the first quarto (1609) of Pericles, through Shakespeare ‘First Folios’ and several examples of the 1632, 1664 and 1685 folio editions. The poems are represented by a copy of the 1640 Poems, and a single leaf of Venus and Adonis (1594). These are complemented by a wide range of direct sources for Shakespeare's works, or books which influenced him and his contemporaries.
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