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Shakespeare, William
Fourth Folio; Comedies, Histories and Tragedies
London: Bently, 1685. 4th folio, 1st issue. Shakespeare's complete plays, the preeminent work in all of English literature. 19th century full morocco, all edges gilt, the binding fine and unrepaired, an expressly appropriate antique, but Shakespeare folio quality should be dissected where it's valued, and that's on the inside, and this one is exceptional. There are short tears to some blank margins, 2 small rust holes, and old stains to the frontispiece, title page, and here and there in the text, but the book's complete and perfect, the paper's rather white and supple, and most important, every single letter of type, every rule, and every line of engraving is absolutely genuine with nothing in facsimile, and not a single leaf is extended or remargined, and other Shakespeare folios cannot honestly make this claim. A 332 year old beauty, stalwart, unrepaired, tall and wide (14 3/8" X 8 7/8"), an exemplary and glorious copy of what continues to stand tall as the book of books. Coll: O2, A4, A- Y6, Z4, BB-ZZ6, *AAA-DDD6, EEE8, AAA-ZZZ6, AAAA-BBBB6, CCCC2, 458 leaves with the usual mispaginations. Refs: Wing S 2915. Jaggard 497. Greg III 1119. Bartlett 123. Pforzheimer 910. 3 generations ago Shakespeare was the people's playwright, as he was in his own time. Today many think he is only for elitists, but that's because theater seats are so often filled with the same idiots who clap when the airplane lands.
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