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SHAKESPEARE, William (1564-1616)
The Comedy of Errors
Printed by Tho. Cotes, London, 1632. (12 1/8 x 8 1/2 inches). 85-100pp. Expertly bound to style in panelled calf, covers tooled in blind, upper cover lettered in gilt From Shakespeare's Second Folio. Shakespeare's famed four folios comprise the first four editions of his collected plays, all printed in the 17th century. The Second Folio of 1632, like the First Folio of 1623, contains 36 plays. It is estimated that fewer than 1000 copies of the Second Folio were printed and fewer than 200 copies are in existence today. "A Comedy of Errors" begins with the Syracusan merchant, Egeon, who fathers twin sons with identical names. To act as their servants, Egeon purchases a pair of twins, also bearing the same names. After one son and one servant are lost in a shipwreck, the remaining twins travel to the city of Ephesus only to discover that the local residents recognize them. Thus ensues a series of hilarious misunderstandings and mistaken identities. The Shakespeare Folios have "an aura of book magic about them. For a bibliophile it is a volume devoutly to be wished for and rarely attained; to a library it is a crowning jewel of a collection. Shakespeare, indeed, is a name to conjure with. No lengthy explanations are needed; he is simply the most distinguished author in the English language" (Wolf). STC 22274a. Pforzheimer 906. Greg III, 1113-1116. Jaggard, 496; Wolf, Legacies of Genius 36. [Attributes: Hard Cover]
Vendeur: Donald A. Heald Rare Books (ABAA) [New York, NY, U.S.A.]
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