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Events at Bodleian Library

Exhibition
Shakespeare's Dead
April 22—September 04, 2016

To celebrate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, the Bodleian Libraries will host a major exhibition – Shakespeare’s Dead – that confronts the theme of death itself in Shakespeare’s works.

Documents contributed by Bodleian Library

ca. 1592
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1593
This is the only known copy in existence of the first edition of Shakespeare’s first printed work, Venus and Adonis, which appeared in 1593. During his lifetime Shakespeare was known first and foremost as the author of Venus and Adonis.
1595
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1599
John Weever’s Epigrammes in the oldest cut, and newest fashion was published in 1599. Weever began his career as an aspiring poet and literary observer at Cambridge, where he was the student of William Covell at Queen’s College.
1600
The fourth edition of Lucrece, dated 1600, was printed for John Harrison by his son, John Harrison III. It was set from the third edition, which was also has a 1600 imprint.

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