DescriptionThis database includes the complete text of 11 major editions of Shakespeare's works, from the First Folio to the Cambridge edition of 1863-66. It also includes 24 separate contemporary printings of individual plays, selected apocrypha and related works, and more than 100 adaptations, sequels, and burlesques from the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries. The database also is an historical archive of Shakespeare editing. The major 18th- and 19th-century editions are included, providing a history of the scholarly foundations of the modern Shakespeare text. A selection of theater adaptations enables further comparative studies. Included are the whole of Bell's Acting Edition (1774) of the plays and poems and almost 100 adaptations of individual plays by writers such as John Dryden, Nahum Tate, Colley Cibber, and John Kemble.