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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 1783 copies.

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.

Some copies are attested, thus far, 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 (: currently 239 copies). All other copies, including both those initially deriving from ESTC and not, have been confirmed on site (: currently 1544 copies). A list of "ghost" copies recorded in ESTC Holdings Details – which turn out not to exist – can be found here.

When the icon ☷ appears in the header bar on the pop-up display of a specific copy, 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.)

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 21 May 2019. <http://www.shakespearecensus.org>. SC n.
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), which was revised and extended by Bartlett alone (1939). Bartlett also compiled Mr. William Shakespeare: Original and Early Editions of his Quartos and Folios (1922). 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: 48, 68, 71, 73, 78, 79, 80, 91, 92, 93, 94, 109, 110, 112, 119, 121, 127, 128, 137, 153, 269, 290, 291, 332, 374, 376, 392, 393, 407, 408, 409, 410, 411, 413, 415, 416, 423, 424, 425, 431, 433, 435, 436, 437, 439, 441, 450, 455, 461, 463, 464, 471, 472, 473, 474, 475, 479, 483, 484, 528, 579, 592, 638, 652, 717, 776, 784, 834, 839, 842, 845, 848, 849, 874, 888, 901, 902, 903, 908, 909, 911, 918, 920, 921, 929, 932, 933, 939, 1027, 1217

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 #: 30, 35, 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
Undergraduate Research Assistant: Rishabh Tagore With support from: Price Lab for Digital Humanities and Penn Libraries.