Messenger - Vol. 1, No. 2, Page 28 Winter 1992 Shakespearean folio becomes library's 2 millionth volume A second folio edition of William Shakespeare's plays published in London in 1632 became the 2-millionth volume added to the University of Delaware Library. The addition was celebrated Oct. 9 during a ceremony attended by approximately 300 faculty, staff, students, alumni, University of Delaware Library Associates and friends. Two other volumes also were presented: the 1,999,999th volume, The Darker World Within: Evil in the Tragedies of Shakespeare and His Successors, was presented by Robert Taggart, president of the Faculty Senate; and the 2,000,0001st addition, The Original Oxford English Dictionary on Compact Disc, was presented by Robbie McAnnally, president of the Delaware Undergraduate Student Congress. One of four collected editions of the complete plays of Shakespeare published during the 17th century, the folio was bound in red morocco in the late 19th century with silk end leaves and all edges gilt. Although approximately 1,000 copies of this edition were printed, fewer than 200 are known to exist today. Adding to the literary significance of the University's copy is the first printed English poem by John Milton on one of the pages following the title page. The unsigned "Epitaph on the admirable Dramaticke Poet" was written while Milton was a student at Cambridge, probably in 1630. The acquisition of the folio was made possible by gifts from individuals and groups.