James I, The Workes of the Most High and Mighty Prince, James I, 1616. Rare Books Collection, RaD, CU Boulder Libraries
This guide provides an introduction to Shakespeare for Non-Majors, seen through the lens of manuscripts and early printed works held in the Rare Books Collection, Rare and Distinctive Collections, University of Colorado Boulder Libraries.
The Rare Books Collection holds a strong collection of incunabula (works published in the first fifty-years of printing) and early printed, fifteenth- through seventeenth-century works, including a page from one of Johannes Gutenberg's Bibles (1455); Raphael Holinshed's Chronicles (1577); and more.
This guide includes images based on our collection as well as select digitized copies of key works digitized elsewhere. To navigate this site, use the tabs at the top to navigate by time period and subject.
See below for links to our collections and other primary sources.
To search the Rare Books Collection's early modern manuscripts and early printed books:
To locate a vast array of early modern and modern printed works, available in full text:
Eighteenth-Century Collections Online:
Nineteenth Century Collections Online:
Guide and text created by Susan Guinn-Chipman, 2021. Edited by Sean Babbs, 2022.