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SHAKESPEARE, William (1564-1616). The Tragedy of Hamlet Prince of Denmark. As it is now Acted at the Theatre Royal, by their Majesties Servants. London: printed for H. Herringman, and R. Bentley; and sold by R. Bentley, J. Tonson, T. Bennet, and F. Sanders, 1695. [bound with:] RAVENSCROFT, Edward (1654-1707). Titus Andronicus, or the Rape of Lavinia. Acted at the Theatre Royall, A Tragedy, Alter’d from Mr Shakespears Works, By Mr. Edw. Ravenscroft. London: printed by J. B. for J. Hindmarsh, 1687. [and:] 8 other contemporary plays.
SHAKESPEARE, William (1564-1616). The Tragedy of Hamlet Prince of Denmark. As it is now Acted at the Theatre Royal, by their Majesties Servants. London: printed for H. Herringman, and R. Bentley; and sold by R. Bentley, J. Tonson, T. Bennet, and F. Sanders, 1695. [bound with:] RAVENSCROFT, Edward (1654-1707). Titus Andronicus, or the Rape of Lavinia. Acted at the Theatre Royall, A Tragedy, Alter’d from Mr Shakespears Works, By Mr. Edw. Ravenscroft. London: printed by J. B. for J. Hindmarsh, 1687. [and:] 8 other contemporary plays.
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SHAKESPEARE, William (1564-1616). The Tragedy of Hamlet Prince of Denmark. As it is now Acted at the Theatre Royal, by their Majesties Servants. London: printed for H. Herringman, and R. Bentley; and sold by R. Bentley, J. Tonson, T. Bennet, and F. Sanders, 1695. [bound with:] RAVENSCROFT, Edward (1654-1707). Titus Andronicus, or the Rape of Lavinia. Acted at the Theatre Royall, A Tragedy, Alter’d from Mr Shakespears Works, By Mr. Edw. Ravenscroft. London: printed by J. B. for J. Hindmarsh, 1687. [and:] 8 other contemporary plays.

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SHAKESPEARE, William (1564-1616). The Tragedy of Hamlet Prince of Denmark. As it is now Acted at the Theatre Royal, by their Majesties Servants. London: printed for H. Herringman, and R. Bentley; and sold by R. Bentley, J. Tonson, T. Bennet, and F. Sanders, 1695. [bound with:] RAVENSCROFT, Edward (1654-1707). Titus Andronicus, or the Rape of Lavinia. Acted at the Theatre Royall, A Tragedy, Alter’d from Mr Shakespears Works, By Mr. Edw. Ravenscroft. London: printed by J. B. for J. Hindmarsh, 1687. [and:] 8 other contemporary plays.

A collection of ten plays in one contemporary binding, including the ninth quarto edition of Hamlet, variant with the four-line imprint, and the first edition of Ravenscroft’s adaptation of Titus Andronicus. In this 1695 performance, the character of Hamlet was played by the greatest actor on the restoration stage, Thomas Betterton, while his wife Mary Betterton (née Saunderson) played Ophelia. Hamlet and Titus Andronicus, bound fourth and ninth in the present volume respectively, are here joined by eight other contemporary plays performed on the London stage. Bartlett 87 & 178; Jaggard p.308 & p.475; Wing S-2954 & S-2949.

Together 10 plays in one volume, quarto (220 x 164mm). Hamlet: a few spots, heavier in quire I. Contemporary sprinkled calf, boards panelled in blind, gilt arms on upper cover, red and green morocco lettering-pieces (small skillful repairs to spine ends and joints). Provenance: Sir William Courtenay, 1st Viscount Courtenay of Powderham Castle (1709-1762; binding).

The 8 other plays are: ETHEREGE, George, Sir (c.1636-1691). The Comical Revenge; Or, Love in a Tub. London: T. Warren for Henry Herringman, 1697. Wing E-3373; DRYDEN, John (1631-1700). The Indian Emperour; or, The conquest of Mexico by the Spaniards. London: printed by T. Warren for H. Herringman, 1696. Wing D-2296A; – Tyrannick Love; Or, The Royal Martyr. London: printed for Henry Herringman, 1695. Wing D-2397; GILDON, Charles (1665-1724). The Roman Brides Revenge. London: printed for John Sturton, 1697. (First two leaves defective at upper inner corner with some loss.) Wing G-736; [ANON]. The Fatal Discovery; Or, Love in Ruines. London: printed by J. Orme, for R. Wellington, 1698. Wing F-542; CONGREVE, William (1670-1729). The Mourning Bride, A Tragedy. London: printed for Jacob Tonson, 1697. Wing C-5856; DRYDEN, John (1631-1700). The Conquest of Granada by the Spaniards… the Fourth Edition. London: printed by J[ohn]. M[acock]. for Henry Herringman, 1687. Wing D-2259. (Title and U3 torn and repaired at an early date, the latter with some loss, lacking final leaf.); CROWNE, John (1641-1712). The Destruction of Jerusalem by Titus Vespasian. London: printed for R. Bentley, 1693. (Some browning.) Wing C-7386.
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