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How to search THE FIRST FOLIO

This section will show you:

1. You can search by:

1.1 Direct Search
1.2 Title Search
1.3 Marginalia Search
1.3.1 Lexicon Search
1.3.2 Concordance Search
To perform a search:

Select the search type from the upper left tag.

        
The default search is title search, where you can perform searches by Direct search or by Title search.

1.1 Direct Search

        
Here you can search by either the image numbers or the signatures.

1.1.1 To search by the image numbers:

  • Type in 'Image #' box a required through page number of the Meisei Copy (1-908) and click on the GO button.
  • Please note that you can see the binding images of the copy by typing in the same box with one of the following numbers: 2000 (for the front board), 2001 (for the back board), 2002 (for the spine), and 2003 (for the fore edge).

1.1.2 To search by the signatures:

  • Type a signature of the First Folio, from [pi]A1 to bbb6v, without the prefix 'sig.' in 'Signature' box and click on the GO button.
    NOTE: The recto pages can be designated with or without an r. Both, e.g. A1r and A1 are valid.
  • Please type [pi] for π meaning preliminaries, [para] for ¶, and [chi] for χ.
  • Please note that you can see the binding images of the copy by typing in the same box with one of the following words: front (for the front board), back (for the back board), spine, and edge (for the fore edge).
  • The First Folio has quite a number of misprinted, duplicated or other anomalous signatures. These pages can be searched according to the following table, which also includes all the signatures of the preliminaries.
  • Please note that the signature designations adopted here are based on both W.W. Greg's system in A Bibliography of the English Printed Drama to the Restoration, vol. III (1970) and Dr. Yamada's system in The First Folio of Shakespeare: A Transcript of Contemporary Marginalia(1998).

Image # Signature
1 [pi]A1, [pi]A1r
2 [pi]A1v
3 [pi]A1+1, [pi]A1+1r
4 [pi]A1+1v
5 [pi]A2, [pi]A2r
6 [pi]A2v
7 [pi]A3, [pi]A3r
8 [pi]A3v
9 [pi]A4, [pi]A4r
10 [pi]A4v
11 [pi]A5, [pi]A5r
12 [pi]A5v
13 [pi]A6, [pi]A6r
14 [pi]A6v
15 [pi]B1, [pi]B1r
16 [pi]B1v
17 [pi]B2, [pi]B2r
18 [pi]B2v
299 Aa3.WT, Aa3r.WT
300 Aa3v.WT
309 Bb2.WT, Bb2r.WT
310 Bb2v.WT
327 a3, a3r, Aa3.John, Aa3r.John
328 a3v, Aa3v.John
407 gg1.2H4, gg1r.2H4, [chi]gg1, [chi]gg1r
408 gg1v.2H4, [chi]gg1v
409 gg2.2H4, gg2r.2H4, [chi]gg2, [chi]gg2r
410 gg2v.2H4, [chi]gg2v
411 gg3.2H4, gg3r.2H4, [chi]gg3, [chi]gg3r
412 gg3v.2H4, [chi]gg3v
413 gg4.2H4, gg4r.2H4, [chi]gg4, [chi]gg4r
414 gg4v.2H4, [chi]gg4v
415 gg5.2H4, gg5r.2H4, [chi]gg5, [chi]gg5r
416 gg5v.2H4, [chi]gg5v
417 gg6.2H4, gg6r.2H4, [chi]gg6, [chi]gg6r
418 gg6v.2H4, [chi]gg6v
419 gg7, gg7r, [chi]gg7, [chi]gg7r
420 gg7v, [chi]gg7v
421 gg8, gg8r, [chi]gg8, [chi]gg8r
422 gg8v, [chi]gg8v
579 x1.H8, x1r.H8
580 x1v.H8
581 x2.H8, x2r.H8
582 x2v.H8
583 x3.H8, x3r.H8
584 x3v.H8
585 x4.H8, x4r.H8
586 x4v.H8
587 x5.Tro, x5r.Tro, [chi]1, [chi]1r
588 x5v.Tro, [chi]1v
589 x6.Tro, x6r.Tro, [chi]2, [chi]2r
590 x6v.Tro, [chi]2v
591 [para]1, [para]1r
592 [para]1v
593 [para]2, [para]2r
594 [para]2v
595 [para]3, [para]3r
596 [para]3v
597 [para]4, [para]4r
598 [para]4v
599 [para]5, [para]5r
600 [para]5v
601 [para]6, [para]6r
602 [para]6v
603 [para][para]1, [para][para]1r
604 [para][para]1v
605 [para][para]2, [para][para]2r
606 [para][para]2v
607 [para][para]3, [para][para]3r
608 [para][para]3v
609 [para][para]4, [para][para]4r
610 [para][para]4v
611 [para][para]5, [para][para]5r
612 [para][para]5v
613 [para][para]6, [para][para]6r
614 [para][para]6v
615 [para][para][para]1, [para][para][para]1r
616 [para][para][para]1v
631 bb2, bb2r, Bb2.Cor, Bb2r.Cor
632 bb2v, Bb2v.cor
689 gg1.Rom, gg1r.Rom
690 gg1v.Rom
691 gg2.Rom, gg2r.Rom
692 gg2v.Rom
695 gg2.Tim, gg2r.Tim, Gg2, Gg2r
696 gg2v.Tim, Gg2v
697 gg3.Tim, gg3r.Tim, Gg3, Gg3r
698 gg3v.Tim, Gg3v
699 gg4.Tim, gg4r.Tim, Gg4, Gg4r
700 gg4v.Tim, Gg4v
701 gg5.Tim, gg5r.Tim, Gg5, Gg5r
702 gg5v.Tim, Gg5v
703 gg6.Tim, gg6r.Tim, Gg6, Gg6r
704 gg6v.Tim, Gg6v
753 Nn1, Nn1r, nn1, nn1r
754 Nn1v, nn1v
755 Nn2, Nn2r, nn2, nn2r
756 Nn2v, nn2v
759 Nn4, Nn4r, nn4, nn4r
760 Nn4v, nn4v
761 Nn5, Nn5r, nn5, nn5r
762 Nn5v, nn5v
763 Nn6, Nn6r, nn6, nn6r
764 Nn6v, nn6v
765 Oo1, Oo1r, oo1, oo1r
766 Oo1v, oo1v
767 Oo2, Oo2r, oo2, oo2r
768 Oo2v, oo2v
769 oo3, oo3r, Oo3, Oo3r
770 oo3v, Oo3v
771 Oo4, Oo4r, oo4, oo4r
772 Oo4v, oo4v
773 Oo5, Oo5r, oo5, oo5r
774 Oo5v, oo5v
775 Oo6, Oo6r, oo6, oo6r
776 Oo6v, oo6v
827 tt2, tt2r, tt3.fortt2, tt3r.fortt2, tt3.fortt2r, tt3r.fortt2r
828 tt2v, tt3v.fortt2v
829 tt3.fortt3, tt3r.fortt3, tt3.fortt3r, tt3r.fortt3r
830 tt3v.fortt3v
849 x1.Ant, x1r.Ant, xx1, xx1r
850 x1v.Ant, xx1v
851 x2.Ant, x2r.Ant, xx2, xx2r
852 x2v.Ant, xx2v
853 x3.Ant, x3r.Ant, xx3, xx3r
854 x3v.Ant, xx3v
855 x4.Ant, x4r.Ant, xx4, xx4r
856 x4v.Ant, xx4v
857 x5.Ant, x5r.Ant, xx5, xx5r
858 x5v.Ant, xx5v
859 x6.Ant, x6r.Ant, xx6, xx6r
860 x6v.Ant, xx6v
863 y2, y2r, yy2, yy2r
864 y2v, yy2v
865 y3, y3r, yy3, yy3r
866 y3v, yy3v
867 y4, y4r, yy4, yy4r
868 y4v, yy4v
869 y5, y5r, yy5, yy5r
870 y5v, yy5v
871 y6, y6r, yy6, yy6r
872 y6v, yy6v
2000 front
2001 back
2002 spine
2003 edge



For the abbreviated forms of the play titles see here.

1.2 Title Search

        
Here you can search by titles either with the act, scene and line number or with the Through Line Numbers (TLN).

NOTE: The "Through Line Numbers" as established by Dr. Charleton Hinman in THE NORTON FACSIMILE: THE FIRST FOLIO OF SHAKESPEARE (copyright © 1968 by W. W. Norton & Company, Inc.), are used in this database by permission of W. W. Norton & Company, Inc. TLN's copyright information can be obtained by clicking on TLN: on the search page.

1.2.1 To perform a search with the act, scene and line number:

  • Select the title from the drop-down menu.
  • Select the act, scene, and line number required from the drop-down menu of each box. As you proceed in selecting the act, scene and line number in this order, the image will be shown at the moment the required folio page is identified.

    NOTE: The act and scene divisions and the line numbers are based on The Riverside Shakespeare, ed. by G. Blakemore Evans (Houghton Mifflin, 1974).

1.2.2 To perform a search with the TLN:

  • Select the title from the drop-down menu.
  • Select the range of TLN from the drop-down menu.

1.3 Marginalia Search

Here you can search Folio pages with words that appear in the marginal annotations as transcribed in The First Folio of Shakespeare: A Transcript of Contemporary Marginalia, Tokyo: Yushodo, 1998, [ISBN4-8419-0252-X] (© Akihiro Yamada 1998).

Please note:
  • The words that can be used in searches are given in the original word-forms as they occurred in the marginal notes and not in the modern forms.

1.3.1 Lexicon Search

Words that are included in the index in The First Folio of Shakespeare: A Transcript of Contemporary Marginalia, pp. 295-316 can be used in searches.

To peform a lexicon search:
  • Select the lexicon search from the upper left tag,
            
    
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  • Select the initial letter of the word required from the alphabets at the top.
    NOTE: J, U, X, Z do not function since no words in the index begin with these letters.
  • Or type the entire word or a part of the word from the beginning in 'word used in the marginalia' box and click on the search button.
    NOTE: You can type the letter(s) either in upper case or in lower case.
  • Select a required word from the drop-down menu. The drop-down menu presents the words like:
            
    
            [original word-form] ([modern form])[marks]
    
  • Key to the marks:
    (*)   indicates the old forms which are not found in the Oxford English Dictionary (Second edition, prepared by J. A. Simpson and E.S.C.Weiner. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1989).
    (+)   indicates the words which the Oxford English Dictionary describes specifically as Scottish in respect to form or meaning.
  • Select from the drop-down menu the occurrence located, which will be shown like:
            
    
            [Abbreviated title] signature [marginal division]
    
Please Note:
  • The recto pages are designated by signatures without 'r's.
  • The codes, 'a', 'b', 'c', 'd', 'e', 'f', 'ab' and 'cd' refer to the marginal divisions:
            
    
  • The positions of the 8 codes in the above figure correspond to the positions of the icons, attached around the folio page images in the search page, for opening the close-up-image windows and the windows showing the texts of the Yamada transcripts.
  • The occurrences coded 'ab' or 'cd' occur in the long marginal notes which stretch from division a to division b or from division c to division d.
Once the occurrence location is designated, the required folio page image will be displayed together with the close-up-image window and the window showing the texts of the Yamada transcripts. Above the folio page image will be displayed the notes to the indexed word in the current search like:
  

1.3.2 Concordance Search

Here you can search by words that appear in the marginalia corpus of the Yamada transcript.

To perform a concordance search:
  • Select the concordance search from the upper left tag,
            
    
  • you will have
            
    
  • Select the initial letter of the word required from the alphabets at the top.
    NOTE: X does not function since no words in the marginalia begin with the letter.
  • Select a required word from the drop-down menu, which presents the words like:
            
    
    Please note: the differences of type cases and inflectional forms are all identified individually in this search.
  • The rest of the search procedures are identical with those in 1.3.1.

2 You can navigate the page by:

2.1 Image size selection buttons
2.2 Forward and backward buttons
2.3 Printable image button
2.4 Icon to display the corresponding page
2.5 Icons to display close-ups and transcripts

2.1 Image size selection buttons

To select the image sizes, click on one of the four buttons; S (for small), M (for medium), L (for large) or XL (for extra large). The default size is S.
        
Please note that the volume of the image files for these different sizes are approximately 9 KB, 35 KB, 150 KB and 600 KB accordingly.

2.2 Forward and backward buttons

Foward and backward buttons will display the pages immediately before or after the current page.

Please note that the forward and backward buttons function only within the folio pages or the binding images. You cannot move from the folio pages to the binding images or vice versa.

2.3 Printable image button

To display the printable image of the page displayed, click on the printable image button:
        
The printable image will be displayed in another window with white-coloured background. The volume of the file offered here is approximately 210 KB.

2.4 Icon to display the corresponding page

To display the corresponding page of other Folios, click on the icon in the upper right corner.
	  
The meaning of "the corresponding page of other Folios" is the page which includes the first line of the current page.

2.5 Icons to display close-ups and transcripts

To display the close-up images of the marginal notes and their transcripts by Dr. Yamada, click on the icons attached to the appropriate locations around the page image:
        
About the Yamada Transcripts windows, please note:
  • The signatures are indicated in the upper left corner.
  • The notes by Dr. Yamada are shown at the bottom of the window: the numerals before the notes correspond to the foot note numbers in the text within the window, while (**) indicates the overall features of the texts within the window.



The indexed words, transcripts and notes, etc., are all taken from

The First Folio of Shakespeare: A Transcript of Contemporary Marginalia, by Akihiro Yamada, Tokyo: Yushodo, 1998, [ISBN4-8419-0252-X] ( © Akihiro Yamada 1998)


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