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Shakespeare, William
The Life of Henry the Fift (single leaf, First Folio)
Original leaf from the Shakespeare First Folio. The Life of Henry the Fift.This is an original leaf salvaged from a derelict copy of the First Folio, printed in London in 1623. It has been estimated that there exist but 232 copies (of some 750 printed) of the First Folio, many incomplete. Wickipedia has a very good, brief history of the First Folio and I highly recommend it as a good overview if you are not already familiar with the book. I have been an antiquarian book dealer since about 1975 and although I have had material (including complete plays) from the Fourth Folio I have never, until now, had any material from the First Folio or the Second Folio. I know of no other leaves from these folios that are in dealer inventories (except the few that some dealers have bought from me). The collection of leaves I acquired was assembled in 1901/02. This may be a unique opportunity to acquire a leaf from one of the most important books in English.This leaf measures 8 x 12 inches (appx. 20.5 x 31 cm)The text is complete and perfectly legible. The leaf is age toned and stained with some minor creasing. This leaf does not have a watermark. It was compared to the same leaf in the Brandeis copy to ascertain correct folio.There are many typographical errors in the Folio and these differ from book to book. The text apparently was proofread while the book was in production. The Folio was assembled from gatherings of six leaves.
Bookseller: FJ Manasek
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