Introduction to the Archive
The Shakespeare Quartos Archive is a digital collection of pre-1642 editions of William Shakespeare's plays. A cross-Atlantic collaboration has also produced an interactive interface for the detailed study of these geographically distant quartos, with full functionality for all thirty-two quarto copies of Hamlet held by participating institutions.
Here you can view full cover-to-cover digital reproductions and transcriptions of thirty-two copies of the five earliest editions of the play Hamlet. You can view quartos separately, or alongside any number of copies. You can search, annotate, make public or private sets of annotations, create exhibits or character cue line lists, and download and print text and images.
The British Library's Shakespeare in Quarto site was launched in September 2004. Now updated with fourteen quarto editions not in the Library's collections, this site reproduces at least one copy of each edition of William Shakespeare’s plays printed in quarto before the theatres closed in 1642. Here you can view quartos separately or compare any two copies.