Furnivall Quarto Facsimiles



Frederick J. Furnivall (1825-1910), an early adherent of the movement to experience Shakespeare in his most primal textual state, developed the 43-volume series Shakspere-Quarto Facsimiles, launched in the 1880s. It was meant to compete with the Halliwell-Ashbee facsimiles, which were not photographically reproduced but lithographic, with every letter in every text hand-traced.  This limited edition was blindingly impractical and costly. Furnivall enlisted the photolithographic printers William Griggs and Charles Praetorius and issued a much less expensive product, with critical introductions, line-numbers, and the like. His ethos was moral and nationalistic.  The more Shakespeare, the better off English-speaking citizens would be. 

Andrew Murphy's Shakespeare in Print (2003) provided some of the information above.  Furnivall's photograph is to the left. 

AIM25 page on Furnivall


1. Ham. Q1 1603   2. Ham. Q2  1604   3. MND Q1 1600 (Fisher copy)  

4. MND Q2 1600  (Roberts copy)    5. LLL Q1 1598



16. MV  Q2 1600 (I.R. for Thomas Hayes)  17. R2  Q1 1597 (Devonshire)  18.  R2 Q2 1597 (Huth)  19.  R2 Q3 1600 (BL)  20.  R2 Q5 1635



41.  Troublesome Raigne II (1591)   42. R3 Q3 1602   43.  R3 Q6 1634

to the left: Furnivall and his ladies' sculling team. He was a polymath: editor, spelling reformer, raconteur. Some think he was the model for Shaw's Henry Higgins in Pygmalion