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SHAKESPEARE, William
Comedies, Histories and Tragedies. Published according to the true originall copies
London, Tho Cotes, for Robert Allot, 1632. [A DRAMATIST'S COPY] Folio, pp (xx) 303 (i) 232, 419 (i). Text in double column, prefatory matter single, Roman and Italic letter. Ionic head & shoulders engraved portrait of Shakespeare by Martin Droeshout on t-p in unusually fine impression (the author’s best known representation), woodcut initials and headpieces. Address “To the Reader” by Ben Jonson) inlaid on blank. Lower outer corner of first 3 ll. slightly soiled. Wine (?) stain to blank outer corner of next three, reappearing very occasionally in text, a few marginal tears and spots, light age yellowing, last leaf dusty. A very good, clean, well margined copy (taller than Pforzheimer’s and the same width) in handsome late C17 calf, spine with gilt compartments, morocco label, arms of the 2nd Duke of Newcastle gilt stamped in central panel on covers, joints repaired, directions to binder on rear pastedown. (C17?) Autograph of Thomas Wright in red chalk on fore margin of t1, autograph of Edward Filmer (1717) at head of fly and address to reader, and of Viscount Mersey (1938) on fly. In folding box. A handsome and important copy of the 2nd folio edition of Shakespeare’s plays in the first variant issue and the second authoritative version of the Shakespearian canon. Published 16 years after the authors death it differs very significantly from the quartos and is largely reproduced from the first fol.(1623). It is from this version of the text that all modern versions derive. Were one asked to nominate the two most important works in the English language, culturally, historicall … [Click Below for Full Description]
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