Lot 130
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Shakespeare, William

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Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies. Published according to the true Original Copies. Unto which is added, SEVEN Plays, Never before Printed in Folio ... The Fourth Edition. London: Printed for H. Herringman, E. Brewster, and R. Bentley, 1685

Folio (14 x 8 5/8 in.; 355 x 220 mm). collation: ()2, A4, A-Y6, Z4, BB-ZZ6, *AAA-DDD6, EEE8, AAA-ZZZ6, AAAA-BBBB6, CCCC2=458 leaves, engraved frontispiece portrait by Martin Droeshout with verses below, title with printer's device (Greg 263beta), woodcut initials, text in 2 columns, roman and italic type, leaf L1 set in smaller type as usual; portrait inlaid with verses in flawless facsimile, upper and inner margins and small portion of fore-margin of title leaf renewed with outer rule in excellent pen facsimile, upper outer corner of "To the Great Variety of Readers" leaf mended and some thin red scoring in text, preliminaries washed with typical light discoloration, occasional small stains in 9 leaves, two leaf signatures supplied in pen (e.g. Ee3), lower portion of last leaf renewed not affecting the text but "Finis" and rules supplied in facsimile. Red crushed morocco, triple-fillet border, spine gilt, dentelles, edges gilt, by Riviere & Son. Bill of sale and dealer letter enclosed.


Purchased from Thomas Thorp (London) in April 1971


Greg III, pp. 1119-1121; Pforzheimer 910, Wing S-2915

Catalogue Note

Fourth folio edition, first issue which omits the name of Chiswell in the imprint. Perhaps the stateliest of all four editions of the plays, as it is printed on taller paper stock. This edition includes, at the end, Pericles and the six spurious plays The London Prodigall, The History of Thomas Lord Cromwell, Sir John Oldcaste, The Puritan Widow, A Yorkshire Tragedy, and The Tragedy of Locrine. These appeared previously in the 1663-1664 third folio, and in quarto editions of the early part of the century attributed to Shakespeare or "W.S."