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Shakespeare, William
The Famous History of the Life of King Henry the Eight (sic)" [Complete Play Extracted from the Second Folio edition of the Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies]
Tho. Cotes, for Robert Allot, London. Folio (305 x 210 mm; 12 x 8"). Paginated 205-232. Large woodcut headpiece. Bound by Bernard Middleton in full calf antique, tooled to a Cambridge design: contrasting paneled boards with outer frame and inner panel sprinkled, fillets and corner ornaments tooled in blind, sympathetic pastedowns and endpapers. Title lettered in gilt direct on front cover, along with "Second Folio 1632." Signed by Bernard Middleton in calligraphic script on final binder's leaf. Excellent condition. Beautifully bound copy of the entire play of "Henry VIII" extracted from the Second Folio. This is one of the most desirable of all the history plays in the Shakespearian canon. The synopsis of "Henry VIII" is so justly famous that it requires little introduction. It was written by Shakespeare with John Fletcher, and as such is one of the so-called collaborative plays; stylistically it exhibits characteristics of Shakespeare's late romances. It is a remarkable fact that in 1613, during one of the earliest performances of Henry VIII, a "special effects" cannon was triggered and accidentally ignited the thatched roof of the Globe Theatre, resulting in its total ruin. The principal historical source of the play was Raphael Holinshed's Chronicles (1577). In the play Shakespeare transposed many events for dramatic effect; the beheading of Anne Boleyn is omitted, and there is no reference to her four successors. The text of the play seems to imply that the charges against the Duke of Buckingham were groundless. More explicit are the pleas of Catherine of Aragon to Henr … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Michael Laird Rare Books LLC [Lockhart, TX, U.S.A.]

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