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Mr. William Shakespeares comedies, histories, & tragedies. Published according to the true originall copies. The second impression

  • Original object type: Artefact
  • Title: Mr. William Shakespeares comedies, histories, & tragedies. Published according to the true originall copies. The second impression
  • Description:

    The 'second folio'. 13 1/4 x 8 3/4 inches.

    Colophon: Printed at London by Thomas Cotes for John Smethwick, William Aspley, Richard Hawkins, Richard Meighen, and Robert Allot 1632.

    F.1b. 'To the reader', signed B.I. [Ben Jonson]. F.2a. Title-page with Droeshout's engraving of Shakespeare. F.3a. 'Upon the effigies...' and 'An epitaph ...' [by John Milton]. F.4a-b. 'To the most noble and incomparable paire ...'. F.5a. 'To the memorie ...' signed L. Digges, and 'To the memory ...' signed I.M. F.6a. 'To the great variety ...' F.6 is numbered A4. F.7a. 'The workes ...'. F.8a-b. 'To the memory of my beloved, the author ...' [By Ben Jonson]. F.9a-b. 'On worthy Master Shakespeare and his poems.'. F.10a. 'Upon the lines and life ...'. F.10b. 'A catalogue of all the comedies ...'.

    Collation: [Section 1. Comedies.] Pp.[19],303. Pp.58,153,194,249,250,265 are respectively misnumbered 80,151,494,251,252,273. Ff 1-3 without sigs. A2-4, 1-4, A-I in sixes, K-T in sixes, V 1-6, X-Z in sixes, Aa-Cc2 in sixes. [Section 2. Histories.] Pp.100,[2],69-232 [actually 268], Pp.47-8 omitted. Pp.94,95,209 respectively misnumbered 49,59,120. a-b in sixes, e-h in sixes, I,i 3, I 3-6, k-l in sixes, M, m 3 [bis], n-t in sixes, u 1-2, v 3-6, x-y in sixes. [Section 3. Tragedies.] Pp.1-168,269-419 [actually 319]. Pp.96,154,286-7,341-2,355 respectively misnumbered 67,134,186-7,143-4,151-2,335. aa-bb in sixes, bb [bis], dd, gg, gg 3, gg 3 [bis]-6, hh-ii in sixes, kk-tt in sixes, vv 1-6, xx-zz in sixes, aaa-ddd 4 in sixes. There are minor variants in the text from the first folio, such as: scaena for scena, and v for u in many cases.

  • Date range: 1632
  • Date: 1632