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SHAKESPEARE, William (1564-1616). The Whole Contention betweene the two Famous Houses, Lancaster and Yorke. With the Tragicall ends of the good Duke Humfrey, Richard Duke of Yorke, and King Henrie the sixt. Divided into two Parts: And newly corrected and enlarged. London: [William Jaggard] for T.P. [Thomas Pavier, 1619].
SHAKESPEARE, William (1564-1616). The Whole Contention betweene the two Famous Houses, Lancaster and Yorke. With the Tragicall ends of the good Duke Humfrey, Richard Duke of Yorke, and King Henrie the sixt. Divided into two Parts: And newly corrected and enlarged. London: [William Jaggard] for T.P. [Thomas Pavier, 1619].

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SHAKESPEARE, William (1564-1616). The Whole Contention betweene the two Famous Houses, Lancaster and Yorke. With the Tragicall ends of the good Duke Humfrey, Richard Duke of Yorke, and King Henrie the sixt. Divided into two Parts: And newly corrected and enlarged. London: [William Jaggard] for T.P. [Thomas Pavier, 1619].

Ordinary 4o (180 x 131mm). Collation: A-H4 (Henry VI part 2); I-Q4 (Henry VI part 3). 64 leaves. Single paper-stock. Roman and italic types, 37 lines, headlines and catchwords. Printer's woodcut device, woodcut head-pieces and initials. (A few minor stains, affecting some letters on L3v.) English binding of c. 1828, hard-grain red morocco gilt, arms of Frederick Perkins on sides, flat spine lettered, roll-tooled border on turn-ins, endpapers watermarked J. Whatman 1828, gilt edges. Half-morocco box. Provenance: Frederick Perkins of Chipstead, Kent (binding), sold at Sotheby's 16th July 1889, lot 1706, £50 -- William Augustus White of Brooklyn, N.Y. (pencil inscription dated 12 August 1889, see H.C. Bartlett's 1914 Handbook p. 41), appraised by Arthur Swann in 1927 at $900; consigned by his estate to -- [Dr A.S.W. Rosenbach] -- purchased from John Fleming 1971.

REVISED THIRD EDITION, with additions, of two genuine Shakespeare plays, Henry VI parts 2 and 3. The corrections, which were possibly taken from play-manuscripts, are not insignificant and anticipate the redactions in the First Folio. Both the first and second editions of either part appeared separately, the so-called 'bad quartos' (STC 26099 and 21006, and STC 26100 and 21006a respectively); they were probably reported versions, supplying abridged and corrupt texts. Henry VI part 1 was first published in the First Folio (see lot 100).

This edition formed the first section of the unauthorized 1619 Jaggard-Pavier collection of Shakespeare plays. It was immediately followed by Pericles (with its own title), whose signatures continue the series (Greg 284d). Pavier no doubt sold Henry VI and Pericles both separately and together and copies survive either way. FINE CONDITION, with a most distinguished 19th-century English and American provenance (Perkins and White). STC 26101; Greg 119c and 138c.
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