Printing Order

Charlton Hinman's The Printing and Proof-Reading of the First Folio of Shakespeare is our authority for the order in which the Folio pages were printed. The order is conveniently summarized in volume II, 514-8.

Given below is a graphical representation of what Hinman discovered. In the table below the left-most column lists the quires or pages in the Folio in the order in which they were printed. If all the pages in a quire were printed together (not necessarily in reading order) then for brevity only the quire name is given; otherwise the pages are individually listed. The top-most row lists the Folio plays in the order in which they appear in the book. Coloured cells map the quires/pages to the play(s) printed on them.     indicates what Hinman called a regular quire/page.     indicates what he called an intercalary page (these were underlined by him in his summary).

If the quires had been printed in the order in which we read them, the table below would have shown a straight diagonal line from top-left to bottom-right. This is almost the case for the comedies. But there was considerable disruption in the printing of some histories and tragedies, as made visible below by the extent to which the coloured cells fail to approximate to a diagonal line.

QUIRE / PAGES
TEM
TGV
WIV
MM
ERR
ADO
LLL
MND
MV
AYL
SHR
AWW
TN
WT
KJ
R2
1H4
2H4
H5
1H6
2H6
3H6
R3
H8
TRO
COR
TIT
ROM
TIM
JC
MAC
HAM
KL
OTH
ANT
CYM

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

Aa 

   

Bb 

   

Cc 

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

χgg 

   

   

   

   

   

   

aa3v,aa4r,aa3r,aa4v,aa2r,aa5v,aa2v,aa5r 

   

dd3v,dd4r 

   

aa1v,aa6r 

   

dd3r,dd4v 

   

aa1r,aa6v 

   

dd2v,dd5r 

   

bb3v,bb4r 

   

cc1r 

   

cc6v 

   

cc1v 

   

cc6r 

   

bb3r,bb4v 

   

cc2r 

   

cc5v 

   

cc2v 

   

cc5r 

   

cc3v,cc4r,cc3r 

   

   

cc4v 

   

kk3v,kk4r,kk3r,kk4v,kk2v,kk5r 

   

dd2r,dd5v 

   

kk2r,kk5v,kk1v,kk6r,kk1r,kk6v 

   

dd1v,dd6r 

   

ll3v,ll4r,ll3r,ll4v 

   

dd1r,dd6v 

   

ll2v,ll5r 

   

ee3v,ee4r 

   

ll2r,ll5v,ll1v,ll6r,ll1r,ll6v 

   

   

ee3r 

   

ee4v 

   

bb2v,bb5r,bb2r,bb5v 

   

ee2v,ee5r 

   

   

bb1v,bb6r,bb1r,bb6v 

   

ee2r,ee5v 

   

   

mm3v,mm4r,mm3r,mm4v 

   

ee1v,ee6r 

   

   

mm2v,mm5r,mm2r,mm5v,mm1v,mm6r 

   

ee1r,ee6v 

   

   

mm1r,mm6v 

   

nn3v,nn4r 

   

ff3v,ff4r 

   

nn3r,nn4v,nn2v,nn5r,nn2r,nn5v 

   

   

ff3r,ff4v 

   

nn1v,nn6r 

   

   

ff2v,ff5r 

   

nn1r,nn6v 

   

   

ff2r,ff5v 

   

t3v,t4r,t3r,t4v,t2v,t5r,t2r,t5v 

   

   

ff1v,ff6r 

   

t1v,t6r,t1r,t6v 

   

   

v3v,v4r,v3r,v4v,v2v,v5r,v2r,v5v 

   

ff1r,ff6v 

   

v1v,v6r,v1r,v6v 

   

*gg3v

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(later

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reset

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as

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χ1v

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and

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discarded) 

   

*gg4r=χ2r 

   

x2v,x3r,x2r,x3v 

   

*gg4v=χ2v 

   

*gg3r

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(later

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reset

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as

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Gg1r

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and

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discarded) 

   

*gg2v

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(typeset

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but

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not

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printed

_

yet) 

   

*gg5r

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(typeset

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but

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never

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printed) 

   

x1v,x4r,x1r,x4v 

   

oo3v,oo4r,oo3r,oo4v 

   

gg1r

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(replacing

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unprinted

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*gg5r

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in

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the

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forme) 

   

gg2v

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(typeset

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earlier

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as

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*gg2v) 

   

oo2v,oo5r,oo2r,oo5v,oo1v,oo6r,oo1r,oo6v 

   

pp3v,pp4r 

   

gg1v,gg2r 

   

pp3r,pp4v,pp2v,pp5r,pp2r,pp5v,pp1v,pp6r,pp1r,pp6v 

   

qq 

   

   

rr 

   

Gg 

   

   

hh3v,hh4r,hh1r,hh3r,hh4v,hh1v,hh6r 

   

ss3v,ss4r 

   

hh2v,hh5r,hh2r,hh5v 

   

ss2v,ss5r 

   

   

ss3r,ss4v,ss2r,ss5v,ss1v,ss6r,ss1r,ss6v 

   

   

tt 

   

vv 

   

   

xx 

   

yy 

   

zz 

   

   

aaa 

   

bbb 

   

¶ 

   

¶¶ 

   

¶¶¶ 

   

χ1r,χ1v 

   

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Supplementary Index to Hinman's Analysis

Hinman does not discuss the quires and pages in the Folio in the order in which they are read, nor in which they were printed; nor does he discuss one quire or one play in one section. Below is a supplementary index to his book, to make it easier to find his analysis of particular quires, pages or plays.

QUIRE / PAGESPLAY(S)GROUP

...

VOLUME I PAGE

...

VOLUME II PAGE

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AThe Tempest400345
BThe Tempest, The Two Gentlemen of Verona401353
CThe Two Gentlemen of Verona402361
DThe Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Merry Wives of Windsor403367
EThe Merry Wives of Windsor405373
FMeasure for Measure406377
GMeasure for Measure407385
HThe Comedy of Errors408389
IThe Comedy of Errors, Much Ado About Nothing409395
KMuch Ado About Nothing410399
LMuch Ado About Nothing, Love's Labour's Lost411405
MLove's Labour's Lost412411
NA Midsummer Night's Dream413415
OA Midsummer Night's Dream, The Merchant of Venice414423
PThe Merchant of Venice415429
QThe Merchant of Venice, As You Like It416435
RAs You Like It417441
SAs You Like It, The Taming of the Shrew417447
TThe Taming of the Shrew418451
VThe Taming of the Shrew, All's Well That Ends Well419457
XAll's Well That Ends Well420465
YAll's Well That Ends Well, Twelfth Night422481
ZTwelfth Night423485
AaThe Winter's Tale423497
BbThe Winter's Tale424501
CcThe Winter's Tale424501
aKing John420473
bKing John, Richard II421477
cRichard II423489
dRichard II, 1 Henry IV37375
e1 Henry IV37483
f1 Henry IV, 2 Henry IV37489
g2 Henry IV37593
χgg2 Henry IV37697
hHenry V36914
iHenry V37027
kHenry V, 1 Henry VI37035
l1 Henry VI37143
m1 Henry VI, 2 Henry VI37153
n2 Henry VI37259
o2 Henry VI, 3 Henry VI37269
p3 Henry VI377109
q3 Henry VI, Richard III378115
rRichard III379119
sRichard III379125
t3v, t4rHenry VIII13387213
t3r, t4v, t2v, t5r, t2r, t5v, t1v, t6r, t1r, t6vRichard III, Henry VIII14a388221
v3v, v4r, v3r, v4v, v2v, v5rHenry VIII14b388227
v2r, v5vHenry VIII15388227
v1v, v6r, v1r, v6vHenry VIII16389231
x2v, x3r, x2r, x3v, x1v, x4rHenry VIII17a389237
x1r, x4vHenry VIII17b390245
*gg3r, *gg4v=χ2vRomeo and Juliet, Troilus and Cressida17a389237
χ1r, χ1vTroilus and Cressida400335
*gg3v, *gg4r=χ2rTroilus and Cressida17a389231
Troilus and Cressida399327
¶¶Troilus and Cressida400335
¶¶¶Troilus and Cressida400335
aaCoriolanus1380135
bb2r, bb5v, bb1v, bb6r, bb1r, bb6vCoriolanus8384189
bb2v, bb5rCoriolanus7383183
bb3v, bb4r, bb3r, bb4vCoriolanus3381155
cc1r, cc1v, cc2r, cc2vCoriolanus3381155
cc3v, cc4r, cc3rCoriolanus, Titus Andronicus4381169
cc4vTitus Andronicus4381169
cc6v, cc6r, cc5v, cc5rTitus Andronicus3381155
dd1r, dd6vTitus Andronicus6383177
dd1v, dd6rTitus Andronicus5383177
dd2r, dd5vTitus Andronicus4382169
dd2v, dd5rTitus Andronicus2381151
dd3v, dd4r, dd3r, dd4vTitus Andronicus1380135
ee1r, ee6vTitus Andronicus, Romeo and Juliet10386205
ee1v, ee6rTitus Andronicus, Romeo and Juliet9385197
ee2v, ee5r, ee2r, ee5vTitus Andronicus, Romeo and Juliet8384189
ee3v, ee4r, ee3r, ee4vRomeo and Juliet7383183
ff1r, ff6vRomeo and Juliet16389231
ff1v, ff6rRomeo and Juliet14a388221
ff2r, ff5vRomeo and Juliet13387213
ff2v, ff5rRomeo and Juliet12387213
ff3v, ff4r, ff3r, ff4vRomeo and Juliet11386209
gg1r, gg2vRomeo and Juliet17b390245
gg1v, gg2rRomeo and Juliet19391255
Gg1r, Gg6vRomeo and Juliet, Timon of Athens23a394281
Gg3v, Gg4r, Gg3r, Gg4v, Gg2v, Gg5r, Gg2r, Gg5v, Gg1v, Gg6rTimon of Athens22b394281
hh3v, hh4r, hh1r, hh3r, hh4v, hh1v, hh6rTimon of Athens23b394287
hh2v, hh5r, hh2r, hh5vTimon of Athens24394287
kkJulius Caesar4382169
ll3v, ll4r, ll3r, ll4vJulius Caesar5383177
ll2v, ll5rJulius Caesar6383177
ll2r, ll5v, ll1v, ll6r, ll1r, ll6vJulius Caesar, Macbeth7383183
mm1r, mm6vMacbeth10386205
mm3v, mm4rMacbeth8384189
mm3r, mm4v, mm2v, mm5r, mm2r, mm5v, mm1v, mm6rMacbeth9385197
nn3v, nn4rMacbeth10386205
nn3r, nn4v, nn2v, nn5r, nn2r, nn5vMacbeth, Hamlet11386209
oo3v, oo4r, oo3r, oo4v, oo2v, oo5r, oo2r, oo5vHamlet17b390245
oo1v, oo6rHamlet18391255
oo1r, oo6vHamlet19391255
pp3v, pp4r, pp3r, pp4v, pp2v, pp5r, pp2r, pp5vHamlet19391255
pp1v, pp6r, pp1r, pp6vHamlet20392267
qqHamlet, King Lear21a392271
rr3v, rr4r, rr3r, rr4v, rr2v, rr5rKing Lear21b393277
rr2r, rr5v, rr1v, rr6r, rr1r, rr6vKing Lear22a393277
ss3r, ss4v, ss2r, ss5vKing Lear, Othello25395293
ss1v, ss6r, ss1r, ss6vKing Lear, Othello26395293
ss2v, ss5rKing Lear, Othello24394287
ss3v, ss4rOthello24394287
ttOthello395299
vvOthello, Antony and Cleopatra396303
xxAntony and Cleopatra396307
yyAntony and Cleopatra397311
zzAntony and Cleopatra, Cymbeline397315
aaaCymbeline398319
bbbCymbeline398323