Folger Tooltips: new cover-to-cover items in our Digital Image Database

watercolor of an archer


Additions to our Cover-to-cover series have made their way into the Digital Image Database in recent weeks.

Among items you can now view in their entirety online are: 

Our first fully-digitized Second Folio.

Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616. Mr. VVilliam Shakespeares comedies, histories, and tragedies. : Published according to the true originall copies.1632.  STC 22274 Fo.2 no.07.

Formerly the property of St. Alban’s College (the English College), Valladolid, Spain, this copy bears on its titlepage the certificate of a censor for the Inquisition (“Opus auctoritate Sancti officij permissum et expurgatum eadem auctoritate per Guilielmum Sanchæum e Socte Jesu”) along with extensive marks of censorship and expurgations (for instance, this copy is missing Measure for Measure in its entirety!).

An edition of Shakespeare’s works with notes by George Eliot and George H. Lewes:

Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616. The dramatic works of William Shakspeare : from the text of Johnson, Stevens, and Reed : with glossarial notes, his life, and a critique on his genius & writings/ by Nicholas Rowe, Esq. 1832. PR2752 1832g Sh.Col.

Ms. notes throughout. Notes in pencil in the hand of George Eliot. Notes in ink in the hand of George H. Lewes. Bookplate: De la Bibiliothèque de John Stuart Mill, Vendue à Avignon. Formerly thought to be Thomas Carlyle’s copy on doubtful authority. In red cloth case binding.

George Daniel’s Garrick Scrapbook: Daniel, George, 1789-1864, collector. Garrick and his contemporaries.[18th-19th century].  ART Vol. d94.

Watercolors: [Royal, military and court costumes of the time of James I]. ART Vol. c91.

35 watercolors by an unknown artist, perhaps intended for or extracted from an album amicorum, including the well-armed and well-moustachioed fellow pictured above!

For more details on accessing Folger collection items digitized in their entirety, see the previous “Cover-to-Cover” tooltip, search the keyword “bookreader” in Hamnet, or access digitized family papers from their finding aids.

Author: Jim Kuhn

JIM KUHN was Head of Collection Information Services at the Folger Library until September 2013. In that role, he was responsible for planning and managing technical services operations (Acquisitions, Cataloging, and Photography and Digital Imaging) and acting as primary liaison with the Library's ILS vendor (Ex Libris: Voyager), digital image database vendor (Luna Insight), and digital preservation cooperative (MetaArchive). In addition to an MLS, Jim has a Master of Arts in Philosophy. He is now the Joseph N. Lambert and Harold B. Schleifer Director of Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservations at University of Rochester's Library.

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