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The Merchant of Venice (facs. 1st Folio 1623)

The Merchant of Venice famously depicts the bargain between Antonio and Shylock to secure a monetary loan with the promise of “a pound of flesh” if the loan is not repaid. In doing so, it explores the complex issues of religion, prejudice, justice, and mercy. This is a facsimile edition of the play from the First Folio edition of 1623.

Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies, being a Reproduction in Facsimile of the First Folio Edition 1623 from the Chatsworth copy in the possession of the Duke of Devonshire, K.G. with an Introduction and Census of Copies by Sidney Lee (Oxford: At the Clarendon Press, 1902).


The text is in the public domain.

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