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Shakespeare, William (1564-1616) Mr. William Shakespears Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies. Published according to the true Original

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Auction: Books & Manuscripts - 3117BLocation: BostonDate / Time: July 20, 2018 12:00PM


Shakespeare, William (1564-1616) Mr. William Shakespear's Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies.Published according to the true Original Copies. London: 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, 1685. Fourth folio, engraved portrait frontispiece of the poet by Martin Droeshout facing the typographical title (neatly remargined),with the ten lines of verse by Ben Jonson beneath; with the anonymous Epitaph by John Minton; the leaf L1 printed in a smaller typeface; printed in two columns throughout, within single rule borders; bound in full red morocco gilt by Riviere, inner gilt dentelles, elaborately gilt-tooled spine, a.e.g., slightly rubbed, hinges a bit tender, page 87/88 (H2) very neatly extended at top; ex libris Roderick Terry, with his bookplate, 14 1/8 x 9 in.

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Estimate $65,000-80,000

Frontispiece portrait leaf carefully remargined along top and sides with matching laid paper; small rust mark to portrait repaired from verso; some minor spotting to some leaves; page 87/88 (leaf H2) neatly (almost imperceptibly) extended by 8 mm at the top margin, above the printed rules; some occasional rust spots to text leaves; two or three leaves with grayish marginal discoloration; extremities slightly rubbed; joints tender; very neat marginal repairs to last text leaf; bottom corner of penultimate leaf with very small corner repair to blank margin; scattered light spotting to some leaves.

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William Shakespear, Ben Jonson, Roderick Terry, John Minton, Martin Droeshout, London