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Mr. William Shakespeare's Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies. Fourth Folio. by  William Shakespeare - First Edition - 1685 - from Raptis Rare Books (SKU: 5605)

Mr. William Shakespeare's Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies. Fourth Folio.

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Mr. William Shakespeare's Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies. Fourth Folio.

by Shakespeare, William

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London: Printed for H. Herringman, and are to be sold by Joseph Knight and Francis Saunders, 1685. First edition of the Fourth Folio of Shakespeare. Bound in full brown morocco, elaborately gilt-decorated spine. The fourth folio is the final and most magnificent of the four 17th-century folio editions of Shakespeare's plays. The Fourth Folio "contains the additional seven plays that first appeared in the 1663 edition [including the authentic Pericles, Prince of Tyre], as well as a good deal of correction and modernization of the text designed to make it easier to read and understand" (Folger's Choice). Old paper repair to verso of title-page, several other very minor paper repairs. Some browning and minimal staining, a very good example. As in some other copies, as Greg notes, number of errors in signatures have been corrected in manuscript, presumably at the time of publication. Although there is no accurate census of the number of folios still extant today, it is believed that copies of each printing number only in the hundreds. The rarest form of the fourth folio. This is the rare Knight and Saunders issue, with their names on the title-page. W. W. Greg observes, "Since the title is entirely reset it is presumably a cancel printed after the volume was complete and perhaps republished, and designed for those copies that Herringman chose to issue through his own booksellers" (Greg III, 1121). In 1684, Herringman turned over the retail side of his business to Francis Saunders and his partner Joseph Knight. Fourth Folios almost invariably bear the imprints "Herringman-Brewster-Bentley" or "Herringman-Brewster-Chiswell-Bentley. The Shakespeare Folios "have an aura of book magic about them. For a bibliophile it is a volume devoutly to be wished for and rarely attained; to a library it is a crowning jewel of a collection Shakespeare, indeed, is a name to conjure with. No lengthy explanation as a good deal of corres are needed; he is simply the most distinguished author in the English language" (Legacies of Genius, 36).

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Bookseller
Raptis Rare Books US (US)
Bookseller Inventory #
5605
Title
Mr. William Shakespeare's Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies. Fourth Folio.
Author
Shakespeare, William
Book condition
Used
Publisher
Printed for H. Herringman, and are to be sold by Joseph Knight and Francis Saunders
Place of Publication
London
Date published
1685
Keywords
and Tragedies, Histories, Mr. William Shakespeare's Comedies, rare book, second folio, Shakespeare Second Folio

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About Raptis Rare Books

Founded by Matthew Raptis, Raptis Rare Books is an antiquarian book firm that specializes in literature, children's books, economics, photo books, signed and inscribed books, and landmark books in all fields. Our business model is simple: we strive to handle books that are in exceptional condition and to provide exceptional customer service. We are proud members of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America (ABAA) and the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB) and exhibit at major book fairs in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Boston, as well as other regional fairs.

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