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London: Printed by Tho. Cotes, for Robert Allot, 1632. The Bishop-Stockhausen copy of the extraordinarily rare first issue of Shakespeare's Second Folio. Of the nine imprint variants of this edition noted by ESTC, this is the first (Todd 1a). Among the other variants are title-page imprints for the four other publishers (Smethwick, Aspley, Hawkins and Meighen) and two reissues of the edition ca. 1641 or later. Folio, bound in full eighteenth century blue morocco with gilt titles and elaborate gilt tooling to the spine in seven compartments with raised gilt bands, gilt cornerpieces within gilt frames with central bevels and gilt fleuroned inner frames to the front and rear panels, all edges gilt, slate gray endpapers. Binding attributed by Bishop and Stockhausen to Christian Samuel Kalthoeber, the leading and most highly-sought after artist-bookbinder in late eighteenth century London. A German 'emigr'e, Kalthoeber create his own ornamental designed which were quickly copied and was patronized by King George ... Read more

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London: for H. Herringman, E. Brewster, and R. Bentley, 1685. The fourth folio edition of Shakespeare's plays, the title-page is in first state, without Chiswell’s name in the imprint. Portrait frontispiece after Martin Droeshout with ten line poem by Ben Johnson entitled ‘to the reader’ beneath. Woodcut printer’s device on titlepage (McKerrow 263) and decorative woodcut initials. Large folio (347x225mm), bound in very handsome 19th century full brown paneled morocco, the think boards paneled in double-ruled blind and with blind stamped corner pieces, the spine with tall raised bands ruled in blind, the compartments each with a central gilt leaf device, one compartment gilt lettered, turn-ins beautifully gilt tooled, endpapers marbled, a.e.g. [12], 272, [2], 328, 303, [1]. A wonderful copy, in all very fresh and handsomely presented, the binding with only the most minor evidence of age, very minor scattered light foxing or staining, seven leaves supplied from a slightly shorter copy (D1, 2G3 & ... Read more

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London: for H. Herringman, E. Brewster, and R. Bentley,, 1685. Folio (369 x 234 mm). Late 18th-century diced russia, spine divided in six compartments by double raised bands, gilt-lettered direct in second, third and fourth compartments, first, fifth and sixth with central ornament in blind; sides with wide borders of a thick-and-thin rule in gilt enclosing a blind roll of leaves and acorns and a gilt wavy roll incorporating leaf sprays, gilt acorn roll to turn-ins and leather inner hinge, drab endpapers, gilt edges; the binding unsigned but quality work. Housed in a brown quarter morocco fleeced-line folding case by Sangorski & Sutcliffe. Engraved portrait by Martin Droeshout above the verses To the Reader on verso of the first leaf, title with fleur-de-lis device (McKerrow 263), double column text within typographical rules, woodcut initials. Engraved bookplate of T. Allen, FSA. Small wormhole(s) in lower inner margin, from beginning through to quire Uu and the extreme lower outer of corner of leaf Hhh5 to ... Read more

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London: Printed by Tho. Cotes, for Robert Allot, and are to be sold at his shop at the signe of the Blacke Beare in Pauls Church-yard, 1632. Second Folio edition of what is generally considered to be the most important work of literature in the English language. Engraved portrait by Martin Droeshout on title page, woodcut ornaments and initials. Folio (335x220 mm), very fine full crimson morocco by Lloyd, the covers beautifully decorated with three gilt fillet lines at the border surrounded by a key rolled border gilt, and with central gilt heraldic device, the spine in compartments fully tooled and elaborately and very handsomely decorated in gilt with superb tooling at the borders of the compartments and with central gilt devices exquisitely decorated in gilt, separated by raised bands gilt stopped and tooled, two compartments lettered in gilt. The turnovers and edges are fully gilt with fillet lines at the edges and elaborate gilt rolled decorative borders at the turnovers. Edges of the leaves with ... Read more

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ìIncomparably The Most Important Work In The English Languageî The Fourth Folio Edition of 'Shakespeareís Plays' A Beautiful Tall Copy, With Seven New Plays SHAKESPEAR[E], William. Mr. William Shakespearís Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies. Published according to the true Original Copies. Unto which is added, Seven Plays, Never before Printed in Folio: viz. Pericles Prince of Tyre. The London Prodigal. The History of Thomas Lord Cromwel. Sir John Oldcastle Lord Cobham. The Puritan Widow. A Yorkshire Tragedy. The Tragedy of Locrine. The Fourth Edition. London: Printed for H. Herringman, E. Brewster, and R. Bentley, 1685. The Fourth Folio edition of Shakespeareís plays, first state of the imprint (without Chiswellís name). Tall copy. Large folio (14 1/2 x 9 1/4 inches; 368 x 233 mm). [12], 96, 99-160, 163-254, 243 [i.3. 253]-272, [1], [1, blank], 328, 303, [3, blank] pp. (page 33 is numbered 23, 107 is numbered 109, 109 is 111, 190 is 186, 191 is 187, 219 is 221, 246 is 234, 253 repeated is 243, ... Read more

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  • Book condition: Near fine
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London: Printed for H. Herringman, E. Brewster, and R. Bentley, at the Anchor in the New Exchange, The Crane in St. Paul's Church-Yard, and in Russel-Street Covent-Garden, London, 1685. Full morocco. Near fine. 4th folio, 1st issue, of Shakespeare's complete plays, the paramount work in all of English literature. Fine 19th century full blind-tooled morocco, gilt titled, gilt edges, satisfying condition by any standard, with no repair, a nicely executed, beautiful and distinctive antique, but here's your scrupulously dissected examination: Portrait, title page and 25 other leaves lightly stained, minor chips and short tears to some blank margins (and only the blank margins), a dozen tiny pin holes (mostly rust), Ccc6 with the margin slightly miscut by 1/16" at 2 corners, a paper flaw just under the upper rule of Ii2, but don't be distracted. This is (withal) a complete and perfect folio, tall (14 1/16"), wide (8 15/16"), and read the next sentence with attention, because you wo ... Read more

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  • Edition: Fourth Folio
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London: Printed for H. Herringman, and are to be sold by Joseph Knight and Francis Saunders, 1685. Fourth Folio. Hardcover. Folio; Fine; bound in imitation period style, with old leather used for the boards, new spine, and endpapers using old-style paper; bookplates preserved onto front pastedown; pages measure 360mm x 234mm.; The First leaf with with the portrait and verses have been restored in the margins with modern blank paper, not affecting the text and engraving. There are marginal repairs to the title page, where the top lines of the title page margin have been restored in facsimile. Two leaves, signatures 313-314, have been supplied from another copy. The portrait, title page, and first few leaves have slightly more wear than the remainder. There are minor stains, minor closed tears, slight wear, and extremely minor worming to the lower margin, almost exclusively to last few signatures.; Variant imprint, without the usual "for H. Herringman, E. Brewster, R. Chiswell, and R. Bently ... Read more

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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 numbe ... Read more

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  • Edition: Sixth edition
  • Book condition: Very Good
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London: Andr. Clark, for J. Martyn, and H. Herringman, 1676. Sixth edition. Morocco. Very Good. THE SCARCE 1676 "PLAYERS' QUARTO" AND FIRST DAVENANT EDITION. THE A. EDWARD NEWTON COPY. FIRST PRINTING, WITH FOUR-LINE IMPRINT. The 1676 "Players' Quarto" is the sixth overall quarto printing of Hamlet (Q6) and the first printing since the Restoration. It is the first edition to list the players (including two women, who in the Restoration were allowed to appear on the stage for the first time) and the first edition to divide the play into acts. Also, known as the first Davenant edition, the text was edited and prepared by William Davenant, "the man mainly responsible for the return of Shakespeare's plays to the London stage at the Restoration" (DNB). Q6 is particularly significant for our understanding of how Shakespeare was received during the Restoration, for the whole text is included, but with indications of which lines were omitted during performances. "As ... Read more

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  • Edition: FOURTH FOLIO
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London: H. Herringman, E. Brewster, and R. Bentley, 1685. FOURTH FOLIO. Our copy has the following facsimiles: 1. Engraved portrait; 2. A2 ("To the Great Variety of Readers"); 3. A4 ("Names of principal actors"); 4. D2 (pp. 39-40); 5. Z4 ("The names of the Actors...."); and 6. CCCC2 (the final leaf). Early nineteenth century full calf, ruled in gilt and blind and cross-hatched, rebacked, spine with gilt decorations; some staining but overall a good copy. Fourth folio edition, first state, without Chiswell's name in the imprint. This was the last of the first four editions of Shakespeare's collected plays, printed in the 17th century. The Fourth Folio contains the additional seven plays that first appeared in the 1663 [third folio] edition as well as a number of corrections and modernization of the language of the text designed to make it easier to use. It became the edition that later publications of Shakespeare's plays were derived from. It is larger than the ear ... Read more

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London: by H[enry]. H[ills]. Jun for Hen. Heringman and R. Bentley, and sold by Joseph Knight and Francis Saunders,, 1684. Quarto (222 x 175 mm). Eighteenth-century marbled wrappers, titled in early manuscript at head of front wrapper. Housed in a custom polished calf folding case and cloth chemise. Wrappers a bit worn and faded, paper spine defective, lower two cords (of four) gone; small work track to gutter of a few leaves, occasionally intruding into text, lower right corner of title torn away, but a nicely margined copy. First quarto and first separate edition, the text being taken unaltered from the 1623 First Folio. This is the true first of six quartos of Julius Caesar separately printed in the late 17th century. Only two, from 1684 and 1691, contain a date, and all seem to have been published to take advantage of the play's popularity after Thomas Betterton revived it at Drury Lane in 1682 (Bartlett, 123, 131).

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Stratford-on-Avon: Shakespeare Head Press, 1906. Ten quarto volumes. This is one of only twelve sets printed on pure vellum with a frontispiece illustration in each volume. It represents a monumental undertaking, which took four years to complete and consumed about 250 sheets for each of the twelve copies printed on vellum. The Shakespeare Head Press was founded by A. H. Bullen, who had the idea of printing the complete works of Shakespeare at Stratford-on-Avon as the result of a dream in which he was presented with a set of Shakespeare's works while visiting the town. This is the first edition of Shakespeare to have been published in Stratford and the first major publication of the Press. Although other Shakespeare Head Press sets printed on vellum regularly appear on the market, this Shakespeare set is very difficult to obtain. Volumes I and II are lacking the silk fore-edge ties, spine lettering a trifle rubbed on volume VI, few volumes with minor wrinkling to spine ends, else a fine copy in creamy fu ... Read more

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The Works of Shakespeare.

Shakespeare, William. Edited by W. E. Henley

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Edinburgh: T. and A. Constable; Grant Richards, 1903-1904. The Constable edition of the works of Shakespeare. Folio, ten volumes. Elaborately bound in full blue morocco by Bayntun Riviere in Cosway-style binding with hand painted portrait medallions under glass to the front panel of each volume, gilt titles to the spine, gilt tooling to the spine and front panel, fleuron cornerpiece designs within gilt frames, raised gilt bands, inner dentelles, top edge gilt, silk endleaves, ribbon bound in. Illustrated with 479 tissue-guarded plates and 531 original illustrations, 525 of which are original watercolors. One of only 1,000 copies, this is number 149. Volume X is signed by Grant Richards, who produced that volume only, on the limitation page. Each volume contains four plays, with the exception of volume ten which contains two plays followed by Shakespeare's narrative poems and sonnets. In near fine condition. Exceptionally rare and desirable. A stunning set. English poet, playwright, and actor, William Shakesp ... Read more

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London: for Bernard Lintott,, [1710-11]. 2 volumes bound together, octavo (167 x 90 mm). Contemporary sheep, unlettered, sides with two-line gilt rules. Housed in a brown morocco-backed solander box. Without free endpapers. Bookplate of Robert Ball. Corners repaired, joints starting at head but holding, occasional spotting as usual, still a very good copy. Effectively the earliest obtainable printing of Shakespeare's major poetry, combining the complete uncorrupted text of the 1609 Sonnets with Lucrece and Venus and Adonis. Benson's 1640 edition of Shakespeare's Poems lacked both Lucrece and Venus and Adonis and its text of the Sonnets was both incomplete and bowdlerised - combining poems, mixing masculine and feminine pronouns etc. - but Lintott referred back to the original 1609 edition of the Sonnets, correcting Benson's mistakes and including the two longer poems for the first time. Volume 1 was originally published separately with a title-page dated 1709; when Lintott completed the second volume a new ... Read more

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The Works of Mr William Shakespear

William Shakespear [William Shakespeare] and Nicholas Rowe (Editor)

  • Edition: First edition.
  • Book condition: Very Good
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London - Jacob Tonson, 1709 Book. Very Good. Hardcover. First edition.. Six volumes of Tonson's dramatic works ofShakespeare. Volumes I-V are in uniform bindings as a set, with the pages trimmed down. Volume VI is bound in a different half calf binding with larger page sizes due to their not being trimmed as closely as volumes I-V. The sixth volume could be trimmed and bound to match. This is the first edition of this work, edited by Nicholas Rowe. It is the first edition of Shakespeare's works to be published in the eighteenth century and has been referred to as the first 'modern' edition of the plays. As stated to the title page of volume I this set was originally published as six volumes as seen here. A seventh volume was published by a different publisher, E Curll, a year later in 1710 whichaddedhis poetry and critical remarks on his plays by C Gildon and is sometimes seen bound together with this set. This set contains all six volumes of Shakespeare's dramatic works edited byRowe and ... Read more

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  • Edition: First Irish edition of Shakespeare
  • Book condition: Contemporary sprinkled calf. Expertly rebacked to style, red morocco spine labels, text exceptionally clean and crisp
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Dublin: Printed by and for Geo. Grierson ... and for George Ewing .., 1726. First Irish edition of Shakespeare. Wood-engraved head- and tailpieces and initials. Lacking subscriber's list called for in ESTC. 8 vols. 8vo. Contemporary sprinkled calf. Expertly rebacked to style, red morocco spine labels, text exceptionally clean and crisp. First Irish edition of Shakespeare. Wood-engraved head- and tailpieces and initials. Lacking subscriber's list called for in ESTC. 8 vols. 8vo. 'The first edition of Shakespeare's works published in Ireland' (Jaggard). A rare complete set of the first edition of Shakespeare's works printed in Ireland. Published in 8 volumes by George Grierson and George Ewing, this piracy reprints Pope's 6-volume 4to edition of 1725, including Rowe's Life and the Index of the Characters, Sentiments, Speeches and Descriptions. It also includes the text of Sewell's supplementary volume 7 - volume 8 in this edition. Jaggard notes that the edition "appear ... Read more

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  • Edition: Third Folio
  • Book condition: Fine
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Two plays from the Third Folio, The Tragedy of Macbeth and The Tragedy of Hamlet. Bound in leather. Generally regarded as the rarest of the seventeenth-century folio editions. Book in fine condition, pages are fragile and brittle but very nice and clean. Housed in a custom-made slipcase.

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The Winter's Tale

Shakespeare, William

  • Edition: Third Folio
  • Book condition: Very Good
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The complete play from the Third Folio, bound in leather covers. Very good, in a custom-made slipcase. The third folio is entitled --Mr. William Shakespeare's Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies. Published according to the true Original Copies. The third Impression. And unto this Impression is added seven Playes, never before Printed in Folio [Works]. Included here is the entire printing of The Winter's Tale from the Third Folio. Bound by the renowned bookbinder Bernard Middleton.

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  • Edition: Second Edition
  • Book condition: Very Good
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London: John Harrison, George Bishop, Rafe Newberie, Henrie Denham, and Thomas Woodcocke, 1587. Second Edition. 18th-century calf rebacked. Very Good. THE SECOND EDITION (1587) OF HOLINSHED'S "CHRONICLES": THE BOOK AND THE EDITION USED BY SHAKESPEARE AS A SOURCE FOR A DOZEN OF HIS PLAYS. "In 1548, the prominent London printer and bookseller Reyner (or Reginald) Wolfe ambitiously decided to produce a universal history and cosmography... of the world. After Wolfe's death in 1573, his assistant Raphael Holinshed took over the project, hired more writers and restrained its scope to the British Isles. The Chronicles was first published in 1577 in a two-volume folio edition, illustrated with numerous woodcuts. After Holinshed's death in 1580, Abraham Fleming published the significantly expanded revised second edition of 1587 in a larger folio format, this time without illustrations" (British Library). By scholarly consensus, it is the second (1587) edition, offered here, that Sh ... Read more

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Danorum Regum heroumque Historiae [HAMLET SOURCE]

[SHAKESPEARE, WILLIAM]. SAXO GRAMMATICUS

  • Edition: FIRST EDITION
  • Book condition: Very Good
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Paris: Iodocus [Josse] Badius Ascensius, 1514. FIRST EDITION. contemporary calf. Very Good. THE VERY RARE FIRST EDITION (1514), EDITIO PRINCEPS, OF SAXO'S HISTORY OF MEDIEVAL DENMARK, CONTAINING THE STORY THAT BECAME SHAKESPEARE'S HAMLET. "The first connected account of the hero whom later ages know as Hamlet is that of Saxo, called Grammaticus, in [the work offered here], written at the end of the twelfth century and first published in 1514" (Harold Jenkins, ed., Introduction to The Arden Shakespeare Edition of the Works of William Shakespeare). "The [1514 editio princeps] of Saxo probably had a political purpose, to strengthen the legitimacy of the young Danish king, Christian II, vis-a-vis his new family-in-law, the Hapsburg dynasty. Saxo's patriotic history of Denmark, written in language which the Renaissance humanists could appreciate, had finally reached a European public, and thus after a long delay it contributed to the reputation of Saxo's country and its kings ... Read more

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