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SHAKESPEARE, William (1564-1616)
SHAKESPEARE, William (1564-1616)
SHAKESPEARE, William (1564-1616)
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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 and others, 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 and others, 1632.
The Second Folio. Second edition, first issue, of Shakespeares collected plays, the most important work in the English language. The Second Folio contains for the first time Milton's anonymous epitaph to Shakespeare, the first of Miltons English-language poems ever to appear in print. As Greg notes, it was a page-for-page reprint of the first folio of 1623, appearing just 9 years later. Even the number of leaves is the same. While errors were introduced in the course of reprinting, 'the text of the present edition shows signs of careful, if unauthoritative, revision.’ Its publication was shared by the five publishers listed in the colophon, all of whom held the copyright to one or more of the plays. The present copy has the Effigies leaf in the first state, first issue, so that even without the title-page it can be identified as belonging to the first issue and the allocation accorded to Thomas Cotes and others not named in the imprint (cf. Todd). Greg III:1113; Pforzheimer 906; STC 22274; 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 folio (328 x 220mm). 452 leaves (of 454, lacking the first 2 leaves, including the title-page with portrait). Roman and italic types, double column text within typographical rules, headlines and catchwords, woodcut head- and tailpieces and initials (tiny marginal hole in G3 and e6, small hole in f3 and aa1 effecting one letter, last leaf rehinged, A3 lightly soiled, occasional small stain, short paper flaw in H3 effecting 3 letters). 17th-century English panelled calf tooled in blind (somewhat worn, notably at spine, covers loosening). Provenance: Joanna Trotte[r] (early inscription) – a few early annotations, one correcting the speaker’s name from Shallow to Ford in Act Two, Scene One – George Kenyon of Peel (1666-1728; engraved armorial bookplate); by descent.
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