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SHAKESPEARE, William. Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies. The Third Impression. London: [Roger Daniel, John Hayes (or Thomas Ratcliffe), Alice Warren] for P[hilip]. C[hetwind]., 1664.
SHAKESPEARE, William. Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies. The Third Impression. London: [Roger Daniel, John Hayes (or Thomas Ratcliffe), Alice Warren] for P[hilip]. C[hetwind]., 1664.

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SHAKESPEARE, William. Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies. The Third Impression. London: [Roger Daniel, John Hayes (or Thomas Ratcliffe), Alice Warren] for P[hilip]. C[hetwind]., 1664.

2° (317 x 211mm). Collation: A4(+1-2, cancels) b6 A-Z6 Aa6 Bb8 Cc-Dddd6 Eeee4 a6 b4 *-4*4 A-B6 D-F4 G6 (A1r blank, A1v engraved portrait by Droeshout, A2r title, A2v blank, A3r dedication to the Earls of Pembroke and Montgomery by John Heminge and Henry Condell, A4r address to the reader by the same, b1-5 verses on Shakespeare by L. Digges, Ben Jonson and others, b6r list of plays, A1-Eeee4 text, a1-G6 additional plays.) 514 leaves. Engraved portrait of Shakespeare by M. Droeshout, printer's device on title, woodcut and type-ornament head- and tailpieces, ornamental initials. Double column within type-rule. (First 2 leaves cut down and mounted, with verses signed B.J. printed below portrait on separate leaf, some light staining and spotting, tiny rust hole in 3 leaves, 2 tears neatly repaired with loss of one letter.) 19th-century dark brown morocco panelled in blind, title gilt-lettered on spine, red edges (very lightly rubbed at spine edges and corners). Provenance: the Earls of Derby (bookplate).

THE THIRD FOLIO, second, enlarged, issue. This issue of the third folio is the FIRST COMPLETE EDITION OF SHAKESPEARE'S PLAYS, including for the first time Pericles. Soon after printing some copies of the third folio it was decided to add a further 7 plays 'never before printed in folio', as the re-set title-page advertised; they were printed by Roger Daniel and appended as the final 13 quires. The first two leaves were cancelled and replaced by a new sheet, containing the Droeshout portrait above verses by Ben Jonson, facing the new title-page. Of the seven new plays, only Pericles is genuine. Greg III, 1118; Pforzheimer 909; Wing S-2914.
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Please note this copy is a mixed issue, with the first issue verses by Jonson, second issue title-page, and undetermined issue portrait. Because of the preliminaries, the lot is sold not subject to return.
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