First Folio

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Comedies[edit]

  • 1 The Tempest ✓ — the play was set into type from a manuscript prepared by Ralph Crane, a professional scrivener employed by the King's Men. Crane produced a high-quality result, with formal Act/scene divisions, frequent use of parentheses and hyphenated forms, and other identifiable features.
  • 2 The Two Gentlemen of Verona ✓ — another transcript by Ralph Crane.
  • 3 The Merry Wives of Windsor — another transcript by Ralph Crane.
  • 4 Measure for Measure ✓ — probably another Ralph Crane transcript.
  • 5 The Comedy of Errors ✓ — probably typeset from Shakespeare's "foul papers," lightly annotated.
  • 6 Much Ado About Nothing — typeset from a copy of the quarto, lightly annotated.
  • 7 Love's Labour's Lost — typeset from a corrected copy of Q1.
  • 8 A Midsummer Night's Dream — typeset from a copy of Q2, well-annotated, possibly used as a prompt-book.
  • 9 The Merchant of Venice — typeset from a lightly edited and corrected copy of Q1.
  • 10 As You Like It ✓ — from a quality manuscript, lightly annotated by a prompter.
  • 11 The Taming of the Shrew ✓ — typeset from Shakespeare's "foul papers," somewhat annotated, perhaps as preparation for use as a prompt-book.
  • 12 All's Well That Ends Well ✓ — probably from Shakespeare's "foul papers" or a manuscript of them.
  • 13 Twelfth Night ✓ — typeset either from a prompt-book or a transcript of one.
  • 14 The Winter's Tale ✓ — another transcript by Ralph Crane.

Histories[edit]

  • 15 King John ✓ — uncertain: a prompt-book, or "foul papers."
  • 16 Richard II — typeset from Q3 and Q5, corrected against a prompt-book.
  • 17 Henry IV, Part 1 — typeset from an edited copy of Q5.
  • 18 Henry IV, Part 2 — uncertain: some combination of manuscript and quarto text.
  • 19 Henry V — typeset from Shakespeare's "foul papers."
  • 20 Henry VI, Part 1 ✓ — likely from an annotated transcript of the author's manuscript.
  • 21 Henry VI, Part 2 — probably a Shakespearean manuscript used as a prompt-book.
  • 22 Henry VI, Part 3 — like 2H6, probably a Shakespearean prompt-book.
  • 23 Richard III — a difficult case: probably typeset partially from Q3, and partially from Q6 corrected against a manuscript (maybe "foul papers").
  • 24 Henry VIII ✓ — typeset from a fair copy of the authors' manuscript.

Tragedies[edit]

  • 25 Troilus and Cressida — probably typeset from the quarto, corrected with Shakespeare's "foul papers."
  • 26 Coriolanus ✓ — set from a high-quality authorial transcript.
  • 27 Titus Andronicus — typeset from a copy of Q3 that might have served as a prompt-book.
  • 28 Romeo and Juliet — in essence a reprint of Q3.
  • 29 Timon of Athens ✓— set from Shakespeare's foul papers of a transcript of them.
  • 30 Julius Caesar ✓ — set from a prompt-book, or a transcript of a prompt-book.
  • 31 The Tragedy of Macbeth ✓ — probably set from a prompt-book.
  • 32 Hamlet — one of the most difficult problems in the First Folio: probably typeset from some combination of Q2 and manuscript sources.
  • 33 King Lear — a difficult problem: probably set mainly from Q1 but with reference to Q2, and corrected against a prompt-book.
  • 34 Othello — another difficult problem: probably typeset from Q1, corrected with a quality manuscript.
  • 35 Anthony and Cleopatra ✓ — possibly "foul papers" or a transcript of them.
  • 36 Cymbeline ✓ — possibly another Ralph Crane transcript, or else the official prompt-book.