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Shakespeare, William.
COMEDIES, HISTORIES, AND TRAGEDIES. PUBLISHED ACCORDING TO THE TRUE ORIGINALL COPIES. THE SECOND IMPRESSION. THOMAS COTES FOR JOHN SMETHWICK, WILLIAM ASPLEY, RICHARD HAWKINS, RICHARD MEIGHEN, AND ROBERT ALLOT, 1632
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Shakespeare, William.
COMEDIES, HISTORIES, AND TRAGEDIES. PUBLISHED ACCORDING TO THE TRUE ORIGINALL COPIES. THE SECOND IMPRESSION. THOMAS COTES FOR JOHN SMETHWICK, WILLIAM ASPLEY, RICHARD HAWKINS, RICHARD MEIGHEN, AND ROBERT ALLOT, 1632
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LOT SOLD. 29,300 GBP
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Shakespeare, William.
COMEDIES, HISTORIES, AND TRAGEDIES. PUBLISHED ACCORDING TO THE TRUE ORIGINALL COPIES. THE SECOND IMPRESSION. THOMAS COTES FOR JOHN SMETHWICK, WILLIAM ASPLEY, RICHARD HAWKINS, RICHARD MEIGHEN, AND ROBERT ALLOT, 1632

Folio (307 x 207mm.), [PI]A6  *, A-2B6 2C2 , a-y6, 2a-3c6 3d4 , 454 leaves, the second collected edition of shakespeare's plays, woodcut head-pieces and initials, text in double column, 66 lines, roman and italic type, headlines and catchwords, a few sums and practising of the alphabet in a contemporary childish hand on n4 recto, a few other notes in a contemporary or early hand, seventeenth-century calf, double fillets in blind on upper and lower covers, preserved in specially made brown morocco pull-off case, 10 preliminary leaves and final 6 leaves of text supplied in modern facsimile, margins occasionally cut close sometimes affecting borders, A1 re-hinged and with tears repaired, I5 stained and repaired at outer margin affecting some words, small hole to d1, some other leaves slightly browned or creased, a few other marginal repairs to last few leaves, joints and head and base of spine repaired, some wear to binding


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Provenance

F.J. Hanks, former director of B.H. Blackwell, presented to him by his co-directors and the firm "on the occasion of his jubilee 29 June 1933" (morocco label lettered in gilt on upper paste-down)

Literature

STC 22274; Greg III, pp.1113-1116; Bartlett 120

Catalogue Note

the second folio edition of shakespeare's plays, containing the first appearance in print of John Milton, an epitaph in 16 verses printed on A5r.

The second folio, which in principle was a page-for-page reprint of the First Folio of 1623, was printed in 1632 by Thomas Cotes, who had taken over the Jaggard shop following Isaac's death in 1627. Like the First Folio it was printed for a syndicate of publishers, which again included John Smethwick and William Aspley. Although many obvious corrections were made, the printing introduced hundreds of minor changes to the text, including many errors.

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