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[SHAKESPEARE, William (1564-1616)] – TATE, Nahum (1652-1715). The History of King Lear. Acted at the Duke's Theatre. Reviv'd with alterations. By N. Tate. London: for E. Flesher, to be sold by R. Bentley and M. Magnes, 1681.
[SHAKESPEARE, William (1564-1616)] – TATE, Nahum (1652-1715). The History of King Lear. Acted at the Duke's Theatre. Reviv'd with alterations. By N. Tate. London: for E. Flesher, to be sold by R. Bentley and M. Magnes, 1681.
[SHAKESPEARE, William (1564-1616)] – TATE, Nahum (1652-1715). The History of King Lear. Acted at the Duke's Theatre. Reviv'd with alterations. By N. Tate. London: for E. Flesher, to be sold by R. Bentley and M. Magnes, 1681.
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[SHAKESPEARE, William (1564-1616)] – TATE, Nahum (1652-1715). The History of King Lear. Acted at the Duke's Theatre. Reviv'd with alterations. By N. Tate. London: for E. Flesher, to be sold by R. Bentley and M. Magnes, 1681.

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[SHAKESPEARE, William (1564-1616)] – TATE, Nahum (1652-1715). The History of King Lear. Acted at the Duke's Theatre. Reviv'd with alterations. By N. Tate. London: for E. Flesher, to be sold by R. Bentley and M. Magnes, 1681.

First edition of Tate’s adaptation, which held the stage throughout the 18th century. Although Addison protested against the outrage on Shakespeare (Spectator, no. 40), Tate won the critical approval of Johnson and others for his alleviation of the final tragedy, omitting the Fool and also working in a love plot between Edgar and Cordelia who, as he admits in the dedicatory epistle, 'never chang'd word with each other in the Original.' Shakespeare's play was first printed by Nathaniel Butter in 1608. Bartlett 174; ESTC R20622; Jaggard p.356; Pforzheimer 918; Wing S-2918.

Quarto (208 x 153mm). (Closely trimmed at foot, cropping last line of imprint and some catchwords and signatures, occasional minor spots or stains, paper flaw in I4 with loss of a few letters, some tiny mostly marginal repairs.) Modern burgundy half morocco, spine lettered in gilt. Provenance: early pen trials on H1v.
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