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

First Folio

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    SR - OS - 37/1623

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  • Physical description

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

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 143, Class IIIB; West 38; Lacks 65 leaves incl. preliminaries, Tempest, Othello, parts of Two Gentlemen of Verona, Lear, Antony and Cleopatra, Cymbeline; 12 shorter leaves introduced from other copies(?); facsimile tp. portrait engraved by John Swaine; several leaves misbound; minor tears repaired; some MS. ink marginal notes 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: c. 1820 acquired by Robert Bell Wheler (1785-1857) of Stratford-upon-Avon, bequest to his sister Miss Anne Wheler; donated in 1862 by Anne Wheler UK-SuSCL Binding Information: 1/2 calf with marbled paper boards, probably bound for Robert Bell Wheler, pre-1850. 19th century white hand-made paper endleaves tipped on. Sewn on five sawn-in single cord supports, with five false raised bands on a hollow-back, and hand-worked endbands. Half bound, with brown calf spine and corners and marbled paper sides over mill boards. Title gold-tooled to the spine. The binding appears to be early 19th century.