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. Edited by John Heminge (d. 1630) and Henry Condell (d. 1627), except

Lot Number 56
Author SHAKESPEARE, William.
Title 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. Edited by John Heminge (d. 1630) and Henry Condell (d. 1627), except
Year Published 1664
Place Printed London: Printed [by Roger Daniel (190 edition sheets), John Hayes or Thomas Ratcliffe (46 sheets), and Alice Warren (21 sheets)] for P.C.
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Description SHAKESPEARE, William. 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. Edited by John Heminge (d. 1630) and Henry Condell (d. 1627), except for Pericles and six spurious plays added by the publisher, Philip Chetwin (d. 1680). London: Printed [by Roger Daniel (190 edition sheets), John Hayes or Thomas Ratcliffe (46 sheets), and Alice Warren (21 sheets)] for P.C. 1664 (first-issue title: Philip Chetwinde, 1663). Median 2o (329 x 212 mm). Collation: \Kp\k2 A4 b6 (A1-2 cancelled, A2 first-issue title in the state without the portrait bound before \Kp\k1-2); A-Z, Aa6 BB8; Cc-Zz Aaa6; Bbb-Zzz Aaaa-Daaa6 Eeee4; a6 b4 *-****4, \\hA-\\hB6 \\hC-\\hF4 \\hG6. 514 leaves: COMPLETE. Roman and italic text types, cursive for headings, various larger romans and cursives in the preliminaries. Double column, 66 lines, headlines and catchwords, pages box-ruled, woodcut head- and tail-pieces and initials, Shakespeare's portrait in third state. (Z6 supplied from a shorter copy, B1 with long tear skilfully mended with loss of one letter, six small rust-holes and 11 small paper flaws affecting approximately 20 letters, a few short marginal repaired tears, some occasional minor dustsoiling, otherwise a FRESH COPY.)
Comments Early nineteenth-century blind-tooled russia, edges gilt (sympathetically rebacked); black morocco pull-off case. Provenance: Herman Frasch Whiton, probably American sailor and Olympic champion (1904-1967, bookplate); Paul Francis Webster (1907-1984), noted lyricist (bookplate; his sale, Sotheby's New York, 24 April 1985, lot 75). The third collected edition of Shakespeare's plays, known as THE THIRD FOLIO, second issue. It is a reprint of the Second Folio, but also contains seven added plays, of which only Pericles is authentic. The first issue came out without the added plays and with or without the portrait on the 1663 title. The second issue, as here, added the seven plays and is known with the frontispiece-portrait captioned by Jonson's verses cancelling the "To the Reader" leaf and the 1664 title cancelling the 1663 title, or with both the cancels and the cancellanda present. Three paper-stocks in the preliminaries and the beginning and final quires of the book reappear in the added plays (all printed by Roger Daniel), indicating that the decision to print the extra quires was hardly delayed. They no doubt added to the cost of the book, and a customer may have been given the choice of their inclusion or omission even after they were made available; early buyers of first-issue copies could no doubt purchase the extra plays separately and their binders might not always trouble with the intended cancellations, but simply added the new title and frontispiece. Wing S-2913 and S-2914; Greg III, pp 1116-19; cf Pforzheimer 908 and 909.
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Provenance Herman Frasch Whiton, probably American sailor and Olympic champion (1904-1967, bookplate); Paul Francis Webster (1907-1984), noted lyricist (bookplate; his sale, Sotheby's New York, 24 April 1985, lot 75).
Estimated Price USD 350,000.00 - 500,000.00
Actual Price USD 374,500.00

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Auction House Christies
Website http://www.christies.com
Auction Name Important Printed Books and Americana from The Albert H. Small Collection
Sale Number #2655
Auction Date May 18, 2012 - May 18, 2012
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