SHAKESPEARE, William (1564-1616). Comedies, Histories and Tragedies Published according to the true Original Copies. Unto which is added Seven plays Never before Printed in Folio. London: R. Herringman, E. Brewster and R. Bentley, 1685.
2o (362 x 232 mm). Title and double-column text within rule borders. Engraved frontispiece portrait by Martin Droeshout above verses by Jonson, woodcut ornamental initials and title vignette. (Frontispiece leaf torn along lower gutter and apparently rehinged, 40 mm. tear to T5, tear to Ccc3 affecting 14 lines on recto and 2 lines on verso, Ss3 with lower corner torn away affecting border and catchword and tear crossing 5 lines of text, minor marginal tears to Fff1 and Sss6, not affecting text, occasional small light stains). Early eighteenth century calf, gilt arms of William, first Viscount Bateman on covers (endpapers renewed, small repairs to joints and corners, some rubbing and small scrapes); green cloth folding case. Provenance: William, first Viscount Bateman (d. 1744), Companion of the Order of Bath (gilt arms on covers, early signature "Bateman" on title page); Esther Bateman (19th-century signature on front flyleaf); Robert Norton Ganz (bookplate on front pastedown).
FOURTH FOLIO EDITION, first state of the imprint. The Fourth Folio was set from a copy of the enlarged issue (1664) of the Third Folio. A larger paper was used, which gave more lines to each page, giving an edition of 514 rather than 458 leaves. This, the first issue title-page lists three publishers, Herringman, Brewster and Bentley. The second issue title, printed on a cancel, lists only Herringman but also includes the names of two booksellers through whom the work would be distributed. Greg III:1119-20; Pforzheimer 910; Wing S-2915.