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Special Collections: Theater and Drama Resources: Rare Books

This guide will help you navigate the theater collections in the Department of Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation (RBSCP)

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Rare Books for Theater and Drama

RBSCP has hundreds of published plays, books about theater or relating to theater and drama which are cataloged and part of our collections. They include some named collections as well as individual books which have been added according to our collection development policy as well as to meet the needs of faculty and research.

Selected Rare Books Titles

Extensive print holdings relating to British and American theater are available through our online catalog. Some select examples are included below. 

Beaumont, Francis (1584-1616) and John Fletcher (1579-1625) 
More than 130 first and early editions acquired through various gifts and purchases 
The collection includes the first folio Comedies and Tragedies (1647) and the second folio Fifty Comedies and Tragedies (1679).

Eighteenth-Century Drama 
Approximately 100 titles  purchased mainly on the Hoeing fund, since 1978. 
The collection includes works by Isaac Bickerstaffe, Colley Cibber,George Colman, George Colman the elder, Richard Cumberland, Henry Fielding, David Garrick, Elizabeth Inchbald, and Richard Brinsley Sheridan, with special strength in the works of Samuel Foote.

Restoration Drama 
Approximately 125 first and early editions  through vrious gifts and purchases 
The collection's strength is in the works of Nathaniel Lee (1653?-1692),author of The Duke of Guise (1683) and Thomas Shadwell (1642?-1692), author of the comedies Epsom-Wells (1673) and Bury-Fair (1689). The collection also has representative works by William Congreve, Sir George Etherege, Thomas Otway, Sir John Vanbrugh, William Wycherley, and others, including the minor dramatists.

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Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, Rush Rhees Library, 2nd Floor