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The Shakespeare Census attempts to locate and describe all extant copies of all editions of Shakespeare’s works through 1700, excluding the folios. We include all items attributed to Shakespeare in print during the period, but not those attributed to him only by modern scholarship. We exclude the Restoration adaptations. The census currently includes records for 1839 copies.

Each copy in the Shakespeare Census has been given a unique identifier, the SC #, which can be used in references and citations. Please cite the Shakespeare Census as follows:

Shakespeare Census. Ed. Adam G. Hooks and Zachary Lesser. Created 2018. Accessed 22 September 2019. <http://www.shakespearecensus.org>. SC n.
When the icon appears, clicking on it will take you to a high-quality, color digital facsimile of that specific copy. (We exclude EEBO copies and some older, lower-resolution image sets.)

Currently 174 copies are attested only by the holdings details in ESTC, but as these details are often erroneous, such copies are listed as unverified () until they have been confirmed. The other 1665 copies, including both those initially deriving from ESTC and not, have been confirmed on site (). A list of all unverified copies, updated daily, can be found here. (Thanks to Ryan Baumann of Duke University Libraries for creating this script.)

A list of "ghost" copies recorded in ESTC Holdings Details – which turn out not to exist – can be found here.

A list of all libraries currently in the database, along with the number of copies they hold, can be downloaded here. Note that some universities have multiple collection locations associated with them, which will each appear separately in the list.

This project is modelled on and extends the groundbreaking bibliographic work of Henrietta C. Bartlett. It builds on and incorporates the information in A Census of Shakespeare’s Plays in Quarto 1594-1709, compiled by Bartlett and Alfred W. Pollard (1916 - digital facsimile), which was revised and extended by Bartlett alone (1939 - digital facsimile). We are still attempting to locate the following copies listed in Bartlett; if you have any information about them, please contact us:

Bartlett 1939 #s: 71, 73, 78, 79, 80, 91, 92, 93, 109, 110, 112, 121, 127, 128, 137, 153, 269, 291, 332, 393, 407, 409, 410, 411, 413, 415, 416, 423, 424, 425, 431, 433, 435, 436, 437, 439, 441, 450, 455, 461, 464, 471, 472, 474, 475, 579, 717, 784, 839, 842, 845, 874, 901, 902, 903, 908, 909, 911, 918, 920, 921, 929, 932, 933, 939, 1027, 1217 (error?)

Bartlett 1916 #s : 65, 245, 251 (error?), 310, 317, 352, 441, 494, 607, 631, 634.

We are also still attempting to locate the following items in Sidney Lee's various Censuses:

Lee, Pericles #: 39, 45, 46, 54, 59, 61, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74
Lee, Lucrece #: 28, 41
Lee, Venus and Adonis #: 21 (error?)

We welcome contributions and corrections to copy-specific information from users via the Contact page.

Created by: Adam G. Hooks and Zachary Lesser
Principal Developer: Scott Enderle
Project Developers: Roshan Benefo, Yufan Cheng, Lucy Ferry, Jinyun Mu, Mariana Vega, Sophia Ye
Graduate Research Assistant: Judith Weston
Undergraduate Research Assistant: Rishabh Tagore With support from: Price Lab for Digital Humanities and Penn Libraries.