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British Library Puts Shakespeare Quartos Online

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British Library Puts Shakespeare Quartos Online

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British Library Puts Shakespeare Quartos Online

British Library Puts Shakespeare Quartos Online

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Opening page of the 1603 Halliwell-Philipps copy of the first quarto of Hamlet -- complete with a red stamp reading "British Musem." Courtesy British Library hide caption

View Each of the 93 Quarto Copies at the British Library Online
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For hundreds of years, only scholars and museum curators have had access to the "Quartos," the earliest printed editions of Shakespeare's plays. But the British Library has just put 93 Quartos on the Internet, leading to what NPR's Bob Mondello says is much ado about Shakespeare on the Web.