First Textual Facsimile of the First Folio

Mr William Shakespeare

Comedies Histories & Tragedies, published according to the true originall copies

Published: Iaggard and Ed Blount 1623 - E & J Wright 1807


Recent full calf leather binding blind tooled in the Cambridge payne panel style - sympathetically bound in antique style - contents show some age toning with some marginal chipping to the text block - light occasional foxing [brown spot marks] some old ink splashes to some pages - some contemporary notes tipped in with a page of manuscript bound in before the frontis -

The manuscript text explains that despite when collated this reprint had no less than 348 errors / deviations - they appear to be creditable; chiefly literal errors transposed letters c for e etc - concluding this reprint is therefore 'really good' and has been unjustly depreciated as a consequence of the identified but unqualified 'errors'. Shakespeare wrote around 37 plays, 36 of which are contained in the First Folio. Most of these plays were performed in the Globe, an open-air playhouse in London built on the south bank of the Thames in 1599. As none of Shakespeare's original manuscripts survive (except, possibly, Sir Thomas More, which Shakespeare is believed to have revised a part of) we only know his work from printed editions. It is estimated around 750 First Folios were printed, of which 233 are currently known to survive worldwide.

Frontis after Martin Droeshout

Fine recent binding - contents very good



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