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SHAKESPEARE, William (1564-1616). The Comedie of Errors [extracted from: Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies. London: Isaac Jaggard and Edward Blount, 1623].
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SHAKESPEARE, William (1564-1616). The Comedie of Errors [extracted from: Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies. London: Isaac Jaggard and Edward Blount, 1623].

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SHAKESPEARE, William (1564-1616). The Comedie of Errors [extracted from: Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies. London: Isaac Jaggard and Edward Blount, 1623].

First appearance in print of The Comedy of Errors, the source for all subsequent editions. No earlier version, manuscript or printed, is known, and it is thanks entirely to its inclusion in the First Folio, of which the present copy is an extract, that this masterful farce survives today. Among Shakespeare’s early plays, The Comedy of Errors may have been written for Christmas revels at Gray’s Inn in 1594, where it was first performed by Shakespeare’s acting company, The Lord Chamberlain’s Men. Its next recorded performance was before King James I on 29 December 1604. No earlier version – manuscript or printed – predates its appearance in the First Folio. Bartlett 119; Greg III, p. 1109-1113; STC 22273.

Folio (303 x 190mm). 8 leaves only [H6 L1-2], paginated 85-100, p.86 mispaginated 88, double column, type- ornament head- and tailpiece, ornamental initials, modern calligraphic title-page (several discreet marginal repairs, small discreet at fore-margins of H3-). Green morocco by Sangorski and Sutcliffe, spine lettered longitudinally in gilt, gilt edges, cloth slipcase. Provenance: Winton Jones (1924-2003, chairman of Anchor Bancorp, Minneapolis, Minnesota; 1967 gift inscription to him on front pastedown).
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