Borrowing the methodology and the design of the Shakespeare Census conducted by Adam Hooks and Zachary Lesser, the Marlowe Census attempts to locate and describe all extant copies of all editions of Marlowe’s works printed through 1700. The census includes all print items attributed to Marlowe during the period, including works now seen to be apocryphal, but not those attributed to him only by later scholarship. I also exclude Restoration adaptations of Marlowe’s works and the early anthologies that include excerpts from Marlowe’s plays and poems. Copies that were attested previously but that are currently missing or destroyed are not included in the census.
The Census currently includes 321 copies. High-quality, color digital facsimiles are available for 32 copies, or 10% of the total. Click on the icon in the list of copies to access the digital facsimile. If you know of any facsimiles that are missing from the census, please let me know. (Note that the census does not include EEBO images and other older, lower-resolution image sets.)
Each copy in the Marlowe Census has been given a unique identifier, the MC#, which can be used in references and citations and which will not change. Please cite the Marlowe Census as follows:
Marlowe Census. Ed. Rob Carson. Created 2022. Accessed 04 March 2024. <http://www.marlowecensus.org>. MC n.
The static URL for any copy is https://marlowecensus.org/mc/n, where n is the MC #.
Currently, 268 copies are attested only by the holding details in the ESTC or other library catalogues, but as these details are often erroneous, such copies will be listed as unverified (⃠) until they have been confirmed. Verified copies have been confirmed on site (✓).
A list of all unverified copies can be found here. A list of "ghost" copies recorded in the ESTC or other library catalogs but which turn out not to exist can be found here. A list of all libraries currently in the database, along with the number of copies they hold, can be downloaded here. Note that universities which have multiple collection locations associated with them will each appear separately in the list. We welcome contributions and corrections to copy-specific information from users via email.
Created by: Rob Carson
Shakespeare Census originally developed by: Scott Enderle
Site fully redesigned by: Louis Hopkins and Rob Carson