4 June 2003
SHAKESPEARE, William (1564-1616). The Tragedy of Hamlet Prince of Denmark. London: H. Heringman and R. Bentley, 1683. (Browned, first two leaves becoming detached, title with remnant of old wrapper adhering at inner margin, final leaf with small hole at upper margin.) Eighth edition. First published imperfectly in quarto in 1603 and fully in quarto in 1604. Bartlett 86; Wing S-2952. [Bound with:]
W. SHAKESPEARE. Othello, the Moor of Venice. A Tragedy. London: Richard Bentley and S. Magnes, 1687. (Title damaged at inner margin, torn through and laid down, [A2] with repair along margin of verso causing loss of one letter, verso of L1 and L2 also repaired along inner margin, browned, headlines cropped with some loss.) Fifth edition. Acted in 1604, but not printed in quarto until 1622. Bartlett 107; Wing S-2941. [and:]
W. SHAKESPEARE. Julius Caesar. A Tragedy. London: Henry Herringman and Richard Bentley, 1691. (Browned, lower margins cropped causing slight loss of text on last two leaves, without initial blank.) Sixth edition. Although included in the 1623 folio, this play did not appear in quarto until 1684 but then became very popular. Bartlett 117; Wing S-2922A. [and:]
Nicholas ROWE (1674-1718). Ulysses. A Tragedy. London: Jacob Tonson, 1706. (Lower margins cropped with some loss, verso of final leaf repaired along outer margin, browned.) FIRST EDITION. First staged in the same year.
Together 4 works in one volume, 4° (211 x 154mm). Late 19th-century cloth, morocco lettering-piece reading 'Tragedies' (inner hinges split). Provenance: E. Gayford, his gift to Mary Winder (inscription dated 1899 on front free endpaper) -- Ursula Kentish Wright (gift inscription from 'grandfather' dated 1904). The four tragedies are bound in the following order: Ulysses; Othello; Hamlet; Julius Caesar.
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