SHAKESPEARE, William (1564-1616). Comedies, Histories and Tragedies. Published according to the true Originall Copies. The second Impression. Edited by John Heminge (d. 1630) and Henry Condell (d. 1627). London: Printed by Thomas Cotes, for Robert Allot, 1632.
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SHAKESPEARE, William (1564-1616). Comedies, Histories and Tragedies. Published according to the true Originall Copies. The second Impression. Edited by John Heminge (d. 1630) and Henry Condell (d. 1627). London: Printed by Thomas Cotes, for Robert Allot, 1632.

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SHAKESPEARE, William (1564-1616). Comedies, Histories and Tragedies. Published according to the true Originall Copies. The second Impression. Edited by John Heminge (d. 1630) and Henry Condell (d. 1627). London: Printed by Thomas Cotes, for Robert Allot, 1632.

Second edition, first issue, of the most important work in the English language, set page-for-page from a corrected copy of the First Folio, 1623. With Milton's anonymous epitaph to Shakespeare, the first of his English-language poems to be printed. Pforzheimer 906; W.B. Todd. ‘The Issues and States of the Second Folio and Milton's Epitaph,’ in: Studies in Bibliography V (1952-53), pp 81-108.

Median 2° (333 x 226mm). Roman and italic types. Double column, 66 lines, headlines and catchwords, pages box-ruled, woodcut head- and tailpieces and initials, engraved portrait of Shakespeare by Martin Droeshout in third state (without first and last leaves, cropped title lacking the imprint laid down with separate portrait possibly supplied from another other copy, A3 reinforced at margins, A5 with area excised from top margin and small abrasion hole, Q5 supplied from another copy, e3-4 remargined with some text supplied in manuscript, closed marginal tears to 4 leaves once touching text, ddd1-3 torn and soiled with some repairs, occasional marginal loss, some waterstaining and dust-soiling). 18th-century English speckled calf, spine gilt in compartments (rubbed and scuffed with small splits to spine and lower joint). Provenance: J. Heaviside (probably John Heaviside, c.1717-1787, surgeon; inscriptions to title and Effigies leaf and extensive annotations on the death of David Garrick. These notes, which display a close acquaintance with Garrick and medical details of his death, imply that Heaviside may have been Garrick’s own physician).
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