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The Carl H. Pforzheimer Library

Illustration from John Heywood's The Spider and the Flie, 1556

Illustration from John Heywood's The Spider and the Flie,
1556

The 1,100 works in the Library include the plays, poems, novels, essays, polemical writings, and translations of the most important English writers of the period 1475 to 1700. All major writers (Caxton, Spenser, Marlowe, Shakespeare, Donne, Bacon, Milton, Marvell, Dryden, Congreve, among many others) are represented by first and important editions. The Shakespeare plays and poems include quarto editions of plays published in his lifetime and several of the posthumous Pavier quartos, as well as all four of the collected folio editions of the plays. Other high spots: the unique Pil to Purge Melancholie (1599) and a nearly complete set of first editions by Edmund Spenser. The Pforzheimer books are supplemented by 2,000 manuscript items in the library.

The Pforzheimer books are represented in the UT Libraries online catalog and in the three-volume Carl H. Pforzheimer Library of English Literature, 1475-1700 printed catalog (1940; reprinted 1997). The manuscripts are listed in the printed catalog and in a finding aid.

 

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