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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 original copies. The third impression. And unto this Impression is added seven Playes, never before Printed in Folio. Edited by John Heminge (d. 1630) and Henry Condell (d. 1627), except for the 7 additional plays. London: Printed [by Roger Daniel, John Hayes or Thomas Ratcliffe, and Alice Warren] for Philip Chetwind, 1664.

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SHAKESPEARE, William (1564-1616)
Comedies, Histories and Tragedies. Published according to the true original copies. The third impression. And unto this Impression is added seven Playes, never before Printed in Folio. Edited by John Heminge (d. 1630) and Henry Condell (d. 1627), except for the 7 additional plays. London: Printed [by Roger Daniel, John Hayes or Thomas Ratcliffe, and Alice Warren] for Philip Chetwind, 1664.
The Third Folio, second issue, augmented with Pericles and thus the first complete edition of the plays of Shakespeare. The Third Folio is the rarest of the four Folios. The Third Folio is a page-for-page reprint of the Second Folio, augmented in its second issue for the first time by seven additional plays. All of these additional plays had appeared in Shakespeare's lifetime with either his name or initials attached but only one, Pericles, is authentic. Samuel Pepys records in his Diary purchasing an edition of Shakespeare's plays in 1664. A legend has long persisted that a large proportion of this edition was destroyed in the Great Fire of London in 1666. Even though the pre-fire address of the publisher, Chetwind, is not known, Jackson notes that the legend ‘would seem to be substantiated by the records’ (Pforzheimer III, p. 939).

Although the name of the publisher, Philip Chetwind (d.1680) appears alone on the title-page, other owners of copyright were Eleanor Cotes, Miles Flesher, William Leake, John Martin, Gabriel Bedell, Thomas Collins and Alice Warren. Robert Allot's widow, Mary, was forced to relinquish her husband's copyrights before marrying Chetwind, but Chetwind successfully contested the assignment and recovered the copyrights on her behalf. The printing itself was divided between Roger Daniel, a second shop perhaps that of John Hayes, and Alice Warren. Bartlett 122; Gregg III, pp. 1116-19; Jaggard p. 496; Pforzheimer 908 & 909; Wing S-2913 & 2914.

Median folio (334 x 220mm). 515 leaves (of 516, first leaf [portrait and verses ‘To the Reader’] in facsimile). Double column within typographical rule, woodcut device of eagle and serpents on title, woodcut headpiece and opening initial to each plan, woodcut tailpieces. (Title a little soiled, cut down and mounted in the 18th century without loss of text, tiny hole in a few leaves, neat tear in 2 leaves, T1 with paper flaw in upper corner just affecting page number, Mmm5 small paper flaw with loss of a few letters, Ii1 with neat repaired tear, Fff6 with repaired paper fault causing slight loss, scattered light spotting, small stains or light smudges, Cccc1 with crease affecting a few letters, small marginal tear at gutter of Z2, last leaf somewhat soiled.) 18th-century panelled calf tooled in blind (rebacked and recornered, joints and corners rubbed); modern brown morocco-backed slipcase and chemise. Provenance: an occasional contemporary annotation, including a lewd comment on F5 – John Fowler (contemporary signature in Latin on title and in English on verso of final leaf) – Ralph Edgley (early signature on Q3) – Tho[mas] Dod (early signature on V1) – Thomas Goodall (18th-century signature in Latin, written across the upper title and mount) – Robert Ferguson of Raith (1769-1840; 19th-century armorial bookplate; his catalogue p.52); inherited by his nephew Robert Munro Ferguson (1802-1868, MP for Fifeshire, Haddingtonshire and Kirkcaldy Burghs, Fellow of the Royal Societies of London and Edinburgh, and an accomplished amateur geologist and mineralogist, after whom the mineral Fergusonite is named); thence by descent (sold Christie’s 7 June 2000).
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