Lot 267
  • 267

Shakespeare, William

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70,000 - 100,000 USD
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Description

  • Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies. Published according to the true Original Copies. Unto which is added, Seven Plays, Never before Printed in Folio: viz. Pericles Prince of Tyre. The London Prodigal. The History of Thomas Lord Cromwel. Sir John Oldcastle Lord Cobham. The Puritan Widow. A Yorkshire Tragedy. The Tragedy of Locrine. The Fourth Edition. London: for H. Herringman, E. Brewster, and R. Bentley, 1685
  • paper, ink, leather
Folio (14 1/8 x 9 1/4 in.; 358 x 231 mm). Engraved frontispiece by Droesshout above Jonson's verses, printer's woodcut device (McKerrow 263) on title, woodcut initials, several signatures in the Histories corrected or supplied in manuscript as usual; frontispiece skillfully remargined without loss, the edges of the portrait perhaps imperceptibly retouched and a small rust-hole filled upper right, title and several other leaves skillfully remargined with occasional bits of the border-rules supplied in skillful facsimile, scattered natural paper faults here and there costing a few letters as usual. Red morocco gilt by Riviere, gilt dentelles, edges gilt extremities somewhat rubbed, inner hinges strarting.

Provenance

Roderick Terry (bookplate; AAA/Anderson, part 2, 7–8 November 1934, lot 292) — sold Sotheby's New York, 15 June 1990, lot 123 

Literature

Wing S2915; Greg 3:1119; cf. Pforzheimer 910 (second state of the imprint)

Catalogue Note

The Fourth Folio, first issue, without Chriswell's name in the imprint, first setting of sheets 2B3.4 etc. (with the border-rules). This was the last edition of Shakespeare's plays published in his own century, and the last to be published before the editorial endeavors of the next century.
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