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

Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 [Browse]
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London : Printed by Isaac Iaggard and Ed. Blount, 1623.
[18], 303, [1], 100 [i.e. 98], [2], 69-232, [2], 79-80, [26], 98, [2], 109-156, 257-993 [i.e. 399], [1] p. : 1 port. (engraving) ; 34 cm. (fol.)


Former owner
  • First folio ed.; third issue.
  • Signatures: [superscript pi]A⁸(A1+chi1) A-2B⁶ 2C² a-g⁶ [superscript chi]2g⁸ h-x⁶ [par.]-2[par.]⁶ 3[par.]1 2a-2f⁶ 2g² [superscript 2chi]2g⁶ 2h⁶ 2k-3b⁶.
  • Colophon: Printed at the Charges of W. Jaggard, Ed. Blount, I. Smithweeke, and W. Aspley, 1623.
  • Various misprints in pagination.
  • Illustrated title-page (port. in copper-plate engraving)
  • Thirty-six plays compiled by John Heming and Henry Condell.
  • Ex copy's preliminary matter does not follow the ordinary arrangement: To the reader [signed] B.I., 1st. l. - Title page, 2d l. - Dedication. 3d l. - "To the great variety of readers", 4th l. - "To the memorie of the deceased authour maister [signed] L.Digges. To the memorie of M.W. Shake-speare [signed] I.M.", 5th l. - "To the memory of my beloued the avthor [signed] Ben Ionson.", 6th l., - "Vpon the lines and life of the famous scenicke poet ... [signed] Hvgh Holland", 7th l. - A catalogve of the seuerall comedies, histories, and tragedies contained in this volume", 8th l. - "...Names of the principall actors in all these playes", 9th l.
Binding note
  • Ex copy rebound by Bedford in Russia leather with gilt decorations and edges.
  • WHS copy one bound by Francis Bedford.
  • WHS copy two rebound in Boston about 1813-1815. 'Samuel Parker Boston' on front cover.
  • Ex copy: Bequest of William Augustus White to PUL in 1928. Purchased by White at Brayton Ives sale in 1891. Ives purchased it at Joseph J. Cooke sale in 1883. Cooke purchased it from Eugene N. Robinson, who bought it in 1874 at Sir William Tite's sale. Provenance from Robert F. Roden, New York Times, Apr. 2, 1898, p. BR216.
  • WHS copy one is Thomas Brooke and E. H. Gilbert's copy, acquired 7/19/22 from Drake.
  • WHS copy two is the Parker family copy, acquired 4/22/35 via Rosenbach.
  • STC (2nd ed.) 22273
  • West, A.J. New worldwide census of first folios 157
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  • Comedies, histories & tragedies
  • Comedies, histories, and tragedies
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