TCU’s rare books collection contains a number of early editions of Shakespearean works. The online exhibit TCU’s Shakespeare’s Treasures features several of them.
A few of the featured Shakespeare works include:
The Second Folio, 1632
The Third Folio, 1663/1664
The Pavier Quartos, 1619
Other Shakespeare-related items include:
Francis Bacon. The Advancement of Learning. 1605
Geoffrey Chaucer. The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer: Newly printed. 1545
A Mirror for Magistrates. 1610
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There are approximately 26,204 titles in the rare book collection within TCU’s Special Collections. This includes all items stored in the vault, the original copies of all TCU theses and dissertations stored offsite in the Annex, the Erisman–Odom collection stored in on–site storage in the basement, and the James C. Wright library also stored in the basement.
There are approximately 141 maps, 227 audio–visual items and 145 serial items.
A few very significant titles:
- Abraham Ortelius, Theatrvm orbis terrarvm, 1573
- Thomas a Kempis, De Imitatione Christi, 1473
- Charles Dickens, David Copperfield, 1849-1850, a novel in parts
- William Shakespeare, The Pavier Quartos, 1619, the so-called False Folio, the first attempt to collect Shakespeare’s work in a single volume
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