Plutarch. 1579. First edition.
Shakespeare made more use of this book than perhaps any
other, and Halliwell-Phillipps went so far as to assert that “it is one
of the books that can positively be said to have been in his own hands.”
North’s translation of Plutarch’s Lives served
Shakespeare as resource for his plays Julius Caesar, Anthony &
Cleopatra, Coriolanus and Timon of Athens.