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SHAKESPEARE, William.
Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies. Published according to the true Original Copies. The third Impression.
London: Printed for P.C. 1664 (first-issue title: Philip Chetwinde, 1663). London: Printed for P.C. 1664 (first-issue title: Philip Chetwinde,, 1663). The rare Third Folio, many copies of which were destroyed in the Great Fire of London, this copy with both states of the title page and the additional plays, including Pericles Median folio (329 x 212 mm). Early 19th-century blind-tooled russia, edges gilt (sympathetically rebacked), dark green endpapers, gilt edges. Housed in a dark brown quarter morocco solander box by the Chelsea Bindery. First-issue title in the state without the portrait bound at front, 514 leaves: complete. Roman and italic text types, cursive for headings, various larger romans and cursives in the preliminaries. Double column, 66 lines, headlines and catchwords, pages box-ruled, woodcut head- and tailpieces and initials, Shakespeare's portrait in third state. Sig. Z6 supplied from a shorter copy, B1 with long tear skilfully mended with loss of one letter, six small rust-holes and 11 small paper flaws affecting approximately 20 letters, a few short marginal repaired tears, some occasional minor dust-soiling, otherwise a fine fresh copy. Third folio edition of Shakespeare's plays, generally regarded as the rarest of the 17th-century folio editions. An unknown number of copies is thought to have been destroyed in the Great Fire of London of 1666. The third folio is a reprint of the second (1632), but the second issue adds seven plays to the corpus, although of these only Pericles is now considered authentic. The first issue came out without the added pl … [Click Below for Full Description]
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