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[SHAKESPEARE, William (1564-1616)] – CROWN[E], John (1641-1712). Henry the Sixth, The First Part. With the Murder of Humphrey Duke of Glocester. As it was Acted at the Dukes Theatre. – Henry the Sixth, The Second Part. Or the Misery of Civil War. London: Printed for R. Bentley and M. Magnes, 1681.
[SHAKESPEARE, William (1564-1616)] – CROWN[E], John (1641-1712). Henry the Sixth, The First Part. With the Murder of Humphrey Duke of Glocester. As it was Acted at the Dukes Theatre. – Henry the Sixth, The Second Part. Or the Misery of Civil War. London: Printed for R. Bentley and M. Magnes, 1681.
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[SHAKESPEARE, William (1564-1616)] – CROWN[E], John (1641-1712). Henry the Sixth, The First Part. With the Murder of Humphrey Duke of Glocester. As it was Acted at the Dukes Theatre. – Henry the Sixth, The Second Part. Or the Misery of Civil War. London: Printed for R. Bentley and M. Magnes, 1681.

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[SHAKESPEARE, William (1564-1616)] – CROWN[E], John (1641-1712). Henry the Sixth, The First Part. With the Murder of Humphrey Duke of Glocester. As it was Acted at the Dukes Theatre. – Henry the Sixth, The Second Part. Or the Misery of Civil War. London: Printed for R. Bentley and M. Magnes, 1681.

First editions of Crowne’s adaptations of the first two parts, second issue of the second part with cancel title page. Crowne adds, alters and shuffles Shakespeare’s scenes, divides various speeches, removes a number of characters, and focusses the play into a comment on the politics of the ongoing Exclusion Crisis. The second part was first published in 1680 under its sub-title The Misery of Civil War. Bartlett 173 (cf. 172); ESTC R2847 and R202295; Jaggard p.342; Pforzheimer 912 (cf. 913); Wing C7388 and 7389.

2 volumes, quarto (210 x 162 mm). (Large marginal loss on A2 not affecting text, some light browning and spotting, few headlines just shaved, lacking the probable blank final leaf in the first part.) Modern blue half morocco, top edges gilt (some light rubbing to joints). Provenance: Jerome Kern (bookplate; his sale, Anderson Galleries, 2 November 1927, lot 48) – Ralph Vallone, Jr. (bookplate).
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