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Mr. William Shakespeares comedies, histories, & tragedies. : Published according to the true originall copies.

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    SR - OS - 37/1623

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    [18], 303, [1], 46, 49-100, [2], 69-232, [2], 79-80, [26], 98, [2], 109-156, 257-993 [i.e. 399], [1] p. ; 34 cm (2°).

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    CC-BY-NC-ND Image Courtesy of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

General note: Editors' dedication signed: Iohn Heminge. Henry Condell. Mostly in verse. With an engraved title-page portrait of the author signed: "Martin· Droeshout: sculpsit· London." There is a shadow on the collar. An early state has no shadow. Colophon reads: Printed at the charges of W. Iaggard, Ed. Blount, I. Smithweeke, and W. Aspley. 1623. The title page is an insert. "The life and death of King Iohn" begins new pagination on leaf a1r; "The tragedy of Coriolanus" begins new pagination on leaf 2a1r. P. 399 misnumbered 993. For details see Hinman, Charleton. The printing and proof-reading of the First Folio of Shakespeare: Oxford, 1963. Entered to Blount and I. Jaggard 8 November [1623] Lee Census 17, Class IB; West 37; the "Ashburnham" Shakespeare; 100% complete; tp. portrait and letterpress mounted, with S on line 2 completed in ink UK-SuSCL Cited in: STC (2nd ed.), 22273 Greg, III, p. 1109-12 Pforzheimer, 905 Format of surrogate: Microfilm. Ann Arbor, Mich.: University Microfilms International, 1958. 1 microfilm reel; 35mm. (Early English books, 1475-1640: 774:11). Ownership and custodial history: Acquired c. 1830 by Bertram [Ashburnham (1797-1878], fourth Earl of Ashburnham; purchased 9 May 1898 on behalf of the Shakespeare's Birthplace Trustees by Henry Sotheran at Sothebys; acquired 1898 by Shakespeare Birthplace Trust UK-SuSCL Binding Information: Fine, late C19th full calf, gold rules decoration on boards, spine gold decorated, all edges gilt UK-SuSCL