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Shakespeare, William (1564-1616) Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies. Published according to the true Originall Copies. The Second Impression.
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.
Shakespeare's Second Folio, the second of nine imprint variants (for more see W.B. Todd, "The Issues and States of the Second Folio and Milton's Epitaph," in Studies in Bibliography, V [1952-3] pages 81-108); the colophon reads, "Printed at London by Thomas Cotes, for John Smethwick, William Aspley, Richard Hawkins, Richard Meighen, and Robert Allot, 1632."; the text compiled and edited by John Heminges (1566-1630) and Henry Condell (1576-1627), both actors and former colleagues of the Bard from the King's Men; with large engraved portrait by Martin Droeshout (1601-c. 1650); bound in full 19th century crushed red morocco beautifully tooled in gilt by Loric, gilt-tooled spine and boards, inner gilt dentelles, all edges marbled and gilt; A1 (To the Reader) blank lower margin restored; A2 (title) top margin restored with top of 'RES' in at the end of the author's name in neat facsimile, blank lower margin restored; A3 top margin restored, tops of a few letters on verso provided in facsimile; A4, A5, A6, *1 restoration of top blank margins; A3, A4, & *1 shorter at foremargin, likely supplied; Q1 blank lower corner restored; tt1 lower inner corner restored, touching rules; ddd4 blank top and inner margins restored; purchased from L.C. Harper 7 November 1968; 12 3/4 x 8 3/4 in.
STC 22274a; Greg III pages 1113-1115 this copy adhering to Greg's * variant; Pforzheimer 906.