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Mr William Shakespear's comedies, histories, and tragedies. Published according to the true original copies. Unto which is added, seven plays, never before printed in folio: viz. Pericles Prince of Tyre. The London prodigal. The history of Thomas Lord Cromwel. Sir John Oldcastle Lord Cobham. The Puritan widow. A Yorkshire tragedy. The tragedy of Locrine.

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    SR - OS - 37/1685

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    [12], 96, 99-160, 163-254, 243 [i.e. 253]-272, [2], 328, 303, [1] p. : port. (metal cut) ; 2°.

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General note: Editors' dedication signed: John Heminge, Henry Condell. The portrait is signed: Martin· Droeshout: sculpsit· London. The words "Pericles .. Cromwel." and "Sir John .. Locrine." are bracketed together on title page. "Of the seven added plays only Pericles is now seriously considered to have any Shakespearian connection"--Pforzheimer. "The life and death of King John" and "The life of Timon of Athens" (caption titles) begin new pagination on ²B1r and 3A1r respectively. Second p. 253 misnumbered 243. Signatures: [-all prelims] , A-Y6, [- X3 and X4], Z4, 2A6-2Z6, *3A-*3E6, [1], 3A6-4A6, 4B6, 4C2 [-all after 3A5] UK-SuSCL Lacks t.p and all prelims, also pages 249-252, 2A6, 4A6, 4B6, 4C2; ink marks or splashes throughout; occasional stains; soot marks on C4r, T1r, 2Z4; MS ink pen trials at foot of 3F5r; lower margin torn on many pages, with occasional amateur repairs; small hole on 2M4, 2Q4, 3S4, 3T2 UK-SuSCL Cited in: Wing (2nd ed.), S2915 (or S2917?) Pforzheimer 911 Greg, III, p. 1121 Ownership and custodial history: MS. ink signature at head of A1 (partly shaved): "W.Smilsdon[?];Note from William Salt Brassington, dated 1896, loose inside front; deposit from RSC UK-SuSCL Binding Information: Full original leather, blind-tooled rules at spine edge; spine replaced in C19th, with gold tooling and red and black leather labels UK-SuSCL