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Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies
London: for P[hilip] C[hetwind],, 1664. Published according to the true Original Copies. The third Impression. And unto this Impression is added seven Playes, Never before Printed in Folio. Folio (324 x 215 mm). Nineteenth-century red morocco, triple fillet border, spine richly gilt in compartments, gilt lettered in two, edges gilt, marbled endpapers, gilt floral decorative roll to turn-ins, by Francis Bedford (his inkstamp front free endpaper verso); rebacked with original spine laid down. Custom red morocco-backed slipcase and chemise. 514 leaves, complete. Roman and italic text types, italics for headings, various larger roman and italic hands in the preliminaries. Double column, 66 lines, headlines and catchwords, pages box-ruled, woodcut head- and tailpieces and initials; portrait and Ben Jonson verses inlaid. Engraved portrait by Martin Droeshout in Hind's second state. A few small scuffs to boards, long tear in title skilfully mended affecting a few letters in imprint and list of additional plays with fore-margin extended, Dedication leaf [A3] signed "A2", lower margins of preliminary leaves A4, b1-6 extended, a few small stains on leaves Dd5 and Ee3. Third folio edition, second enlarged issue, 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 appeared with the portrait on the title page and the Jonson verses on the verso of the first leaf. For this second issue, the first two leaves were cancelled and replaced by a conjugate pair, with the portrait above the Jonson verses facing the title page which lists the seven added plays which were added on eleven supplementary quires. Provenance: John Pierpont Morgan's copy, with his gilt-stamped red leather armorial bookplate and shelf-mark, "W 11 A copy 3"; bought by him from Henry Sotheran & Co. in June 1896. The Sotheran invoice specifies this copy already to have been bound by Francis Bedford (1799?-1883), who was considered the leading English bookbinder of his time, surpassed only by the best French binders (ODNB).
      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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