Shakespeare's Sonnets
A Facsimile of the Chalmers-Bridgewater Copy (Aspley Imprint) of the 1609 Quarto, in the Huntington Library.
Converted into Digital Format by R.G. Siemens, U of Alberta, 1998.

The files linked to this page exist as part of an archival electronic edition of Shakespeare's Sonnets, in progress and undertaken for the Internet Shakespeare Editions <URL:>.   Currently intended for inclusion in Ian Lancashire and Hardy Cook's edition, SHAKE-SPEARES SONNETS (Renaissance Electronic Texts.  Toronto: U of Toronto Library, 1998 <URL:>), the images as presented here are not yet intended for distribution beyond that use.   All leaves bound in the 1609 quarto are here presented, including those of A Lover's Complaint (K1v, ff.).

Taken from Shakespeare's Sonnets; Reproduced in Facsimile by the New Process of Photo-Zincography in Use at Her Majesty's Ordnance Survey Office.  From the Unrivalled Original in the Library of Bridgewater House, by Permission of the Right Hon. the Earl of Ellesmere (London: Lovell Reeve, 1862), the pages were scanned in 24 bit colour at 150 dots per inch, with their actual size preserved; using Adobe's Photoshop program, they were cropped, reduced to 72 dots per inch resolution (colour palette also decreased), and converted into JPEG format with minimal data compression.

I wish to thank the Library of the U of California, Los Angeles, and the staff of the U of Alberta Faculty of Arts Technologies for Learning Centre and Canadian Institute for Research Computing in Arts for their assistance and the use of their facilities in preparing these images.

Ray Siemens
University of Alberta

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Last updated: 14 September 1999.