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Mr. VVilliam Shakespeares comedies, histories, and tragedies. Published according to the true originall copies.

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    SR - OS - 37/1632

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  • Physical description

    [20], 303, [1], 46, 49-100, [2], 69-232, 168, 269-419, [1] p. ; 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. Colophon reads: Printed at London by Thomas Cotes, for Iohn Smethwick, William Aspley, Richard Hawkins, Richard Meighen, and Robert Allot, 1632. Signatures: ¹A6 *4 ²A-2B6 2C² a-y6 2a-3c6 3d4. "The life and death of King Iohn" and "The prologue" (to Troilus and Cressida) begin new pagination on a1r and 2a1r respectively. The second of nine imprint variants of this edition; see "Studies in bibliography" V, p. 81-108. Copy 1: (SBT3) = Lady Martin's copy; Lacks A3; MS. ink and pencil marks; notes on t5 UK-SuSCL Cited in: STC (2nd ed.), 22274a Greg, III, p. 1113-5() Format of surrogate: Microfilm. Ann Arbor, Mich.: University Microfilms International, 1968. 1 microfilm reel; 35mm. (Early English books, 1475-1640; 1155:19). Ownership and custodial history: Heraldic bookplate of Nicholas Smyth, booklabel: Condover, bookplate of Reginald Cholmondeley, Condover Hall; MS ink note records presentation to Helena Faucit, Lady Martin, by Reginald Cholmondeley 2 August 1875; MS. pencil note by Richard Savage recording removal of the tp. to be placed in a "First Folio" sold at auction, the tp. was bought back by Savage and replaced in the volume UK-SuSCL Binding Information: Early C18th(?) full leather with gold-tooled wide border. A folio printed book on paper. ‘Made’ marbled paper endleaves contemporary to the current binding. Sewn on six single raised cord supports laced into mill boards. Gilt cut edges and blue and white hand worked endbands. Fully bound in mottled dark brown calf over mill boards. Lavishly tooled in gold, with a wide decorative roll to the board margins and hand tools and red leather label on the spine. The binding is probably mid 18th century and is at least the second binding.