March 16, 2016 – June 16, 2016

Installation image from “Shakespeare’s Potions”

William Shakespeare peppered his plays with potions and herbal remedies of many sorts: sleep, love, death and remembrance to name a few. Explore some of the 16th and 17th century original texts Shakespeare may have used as sources for his recipes and references. Herbals—collected works of plants with medicinal properties—often included beautiful woodcut illustrations. View some of these books from the Library’s rare book collection alongside film stills and movie memorabilia illustrating Shakespeare’s use of plants and potions.

 

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First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare