Mr. William Shakespear's Comedies, Histories and Tragedies. Published according to the true Original Copies. Unto Which is Added, Seven Plays Never before Printed in Folio

Shakespeare, William

Published by Printed for H. Herringman, E. Brewster, and R. Bentley, at the Anchor in the New Exchange, The Crane in St. Paul's Church-Yard, and in Russel-Street Covent-Garden, London, 1685
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The fourth and final of the 17th century Folios in which Shakespeare's plays were first collected. First State, without Chiswell's name in the publisher's imprint on the title-page. Contemporary full paneled calf, expertly rebacked in period style. The boards are scuffed and worn at the edges [most pronounced at the lower corners]. The first leaf, with the frontispiece portrait on the verso over a few lines of verse, is provided in facsimile. The title-page has been laid down with loss in the upper left corner to the first five letters of 'Comedies' and all but four or five letters of the Author's name [all of which were supplied long ago in manuscript facsimile]. The upper left corner of the dedication leaf [A1 of the preliminaries] has been similarly repaired with loss on the recto of only 10 or so letters in the first line [again supplied]. The top quarter of the page has been reinforced with paper on the verso, covering up the last eight lines of the Dedication [which have been rewritten in ink]. A repaired tear to the upper left corner of A2 affects only the typographical border on the recto. There is a one-inch square section of loss to the lower fore corner of the preliminaries and the first five leaves of text. On the preliminaries, it has been repaired with loss only to the typographical border. On the rectos of A1 through A5 of the text, there is loss to four-and-a-half catchwords only. On the versos just a handful of letters are affected [9 touched on A1, 10 lost on A2, 5 touched on A3 and 6 lost on A4] all, again, supplied in ms. facsimile. There are a few other scattered marginal repairs, occasionally affecting the typographical border only, and the final leaf has been laid down without loss. There is an occasional old ink annotation or correction, and the same hand has added page numbers to the list of plays, along with the titles of the seven added plays which the publisher had omitted. Otherwise, apart from a few instances of minor spotting or soiling and an odd tiny rust hole or two, the book is in very good condition. Shakespeare Folios are often found with entire pages of text missing and supplied either in facsimile or from other copies [detectable because they are almost always of a different size]. That's not the case here as all text pages are present and original, making this a very desirable copy. Bookseller Inventory # 000103

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Title: Mr. William Shakespear's Comedies, Histories...

Publisher: Printed for H. Herringman, E. Brewster, and R. Bentley, at the Anchor in the New Exchange, The Crane in St. Paul's Church-Yard, and in Russel-Street Covent-Garden, London

Publication Date: 1685

Book Type: Book

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