"Shakespeare & The Book," an exhibition containing a wealth of material related to literature and the English theater from Shakespeare's day and throughout the 17th century, is currently on display at Columbia s Rare Book & Manuscript Library, through March 1, in the Kempner Gallery of the Rare Book & Manuscript Library, 6th Floor, of Butler Library.
The exhibition is inspired by the book of the same name by David Scott Kastan, professor of English and Comparative Literature. In conjunction with the exhibition, Kastan will deliver the Annual Book Arts Lecture entitled "Shakespeare & The Book," on Tuesday, January 22, at 6:00 p.m. in Room 555 Alfred Lerner Hall.
Among Kastan's many writings are "Shakespeare and the Shapes of Time, Staging the Renaissance" (edited with Peter Stallybrass); "A New History of Early English Drama" (edited with John Cox), and "A Companion to Shakespeare, Shakespeare After Theory." He is the general editor of the Arden Shakespeare and board member of Shakespeare's Globe Center.
The "Shakespeare & The Book" exhibit includes rarities from the Samuels Collection. On display are: the first edition of Lady Elizabeth Carew's "The Tragedie of Mariam," "The Faire Queene of Jewry" (London, 1613), the first printed play written by an Englishwoman; the first edition of Christopher Marlowe's "Jew of Malta" (London, 1633), and the edition of Shakespeare's "The chronicle history of Henry the fift" (London, 1608 ) printed without authority by William Jaggard and Thomas Pavier, one of a number of Shakespeare plays that they printed in 1619, but backdated so that it could be safely sold as old stock.
The exhibit is open to the public Monday, 12:00 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. and Tuesday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.