Mr. William Shakespeares comedies, histories, & tragedies. Published according to the true originall copies Public Deposited

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

Alternative title
  • First Folio
  • Mr. William Shakespeare's comedies, histories, and tragedies. Published according to the true original copies
  • Shakespeare's First Folio
  • Shakespeare First Edition
Shelf Mark/Reference Number
  • OL Safe 2.1
Rights statement
  • Copyright The Board of Trinity College Dublin. Images are available for single-use academic application only. Publication, transmission or display is prohibited without formal written approval of the Library of Trinity College, Dublin.
Publisher location
  • London
Date Created
  • 1623
Physical extent
  • 324mm x 210mm (bound size)
  • 1 volume, as follows: 18 unnumbered pages, 1-303, 1 unnumbered page, 1-46, 49-100, 2 unnumbered pages, 69-232, 2 unnumbered pages, 79-80, 26 unnumbered pages, 1-76, 79-82, 81-98, 2 unnumbered pages, 109-156, 257-993 [that is, 399], 1 unnumbered page
  • [1] Digitised version of OL Safe 2.1, a First Folio of 'Mr. William Shakespeares comedies, histories, & tragedies. Published according to the true originall copies'. Edited by J. Heminge and H. Condell (see editors' dedication). The title-page is letterpress with an engraved portrait of Shakespeare signed: 'Martin· Droeshout: sculpsit· London.' Opposite the title-page is a ten line verse by 'B.I.' (Ben Jonson). Inserted at the front are pages 5-8 of a pamphlet, 'Collation of the First Folio Mainly From Lowndes's 'Bibliographer's Manual''. [2] Volume contents: Preliminary matter as follows: On A1 (text provided in MS, as a facsimile): 'To the Reader. This Figure, that thou here seest put, It was for gentle Shakepeare cut; Wherein the Grauer has a strife with Nature, to out-doo the life: O, could he but haue drawne his wit As well in brasse, as he hath hit Hi face; the Print would then surpasse All, that was euer vvrit in brasse. But, since he cannot, Reader, looke Not on his Picture, but his Booke.' On A2: Dedication to 'To the Most Noble and Incomparable Paire of Brethren. William Earle of Pembroke, &c. Lord Chamberlaine to the Kings most Excellent Majesty. And Philip Earle of Montgomery, &c. Gentleman of his Majesties Bed-Chamber. Both Knights of the most Noble Order of the Garter, and our singular good Lords.'; signed 'Iohn Heminge. Henry Condell'. On A3: 'To the great Variety of Readers', signed 'Iohn Heminge. Henrie Condell'. On A4: 'To the memory of my beloued, the Avthor Mr. William Shakespeare: And what he hath left vs.'; signed 'Ben: Ionson'. [No signature]: 'Vpon the Lines and Life of the Famous Scenicke Poet, Master William Shakespeare.'; signed 'Hvgh Holland'. [No signature]: 'A Catalogve of the seuerall Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies contained in this Volume'. 'To the Memorie of the deceased Authour Maister W. Shakespeare.'; signed 'L. Digges'. [No signature]: 'To the memorie of M.W. Shake-speare.'; signed 'I. M.' On A6: 'The Workes of William Shakespeare, containing all his Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies: Truely set forth, according to their first Originall. The Names of the Principall Actors in all these Playes. William Shakespeare, Richard Burbadge. John Hemmings. Augustine Phillips. William Kempt. Thomas Poope. George Bryan. Henry Condell. William Slye. Richard Cowly. John Lowine. Samuell Crosse. Alexander Cooke. Samuel Gilburne. Robert Armin. William Ostler. Nathan Field. John Underwood. Nicholas Tooley. William Ecclestone. Joseph Taylor. Robert Benfield. Robert Goughe. Richard Robinson. Iohn Shancke. John Rice.' [3] The works in this volume are as follows: The Tempest, pages 1-19 / A1 recto-B4 recto. The Two Gentlemen of Verona, pages 20-38 / B4 verso-D1 verso. The Merry Wiues of Windsor, pages 39-60 / D2 recto-E6 verso. Measvre for Measure, pages 61-84 / F1 recto-G6 verso. The Comedie of Errors, pages 85-100 / H1 recto-I2 verso. Much Adoe About Nothing, pages 101-121 / I3 recto-L1 recto. Loues Labour's Lost, pages 122-144 / L1 verso-M6 verso. A Midsommer Night's Dreame, pages 145-162 / N1 recto-O3 verso. The Merchant of Venice, pages 163-184 / O4 recto-Q2 verso. As You Like It, pages 185-207 / Q3 recto-S2 recto. The Taming of the Shrew, pages 208-229 / S2 verso-Vv [V1] recto. All's Well, That Ends Well, pages 230-254 / Vv [V1] verso-Y1 verso. Twelfth Night, Or What You Will, pages 255-[276] / Y2 recto-Z6 verso. The Winters Tale, pages 277-[304] / Aa1 recto-Cc2 verso. The Life and Death of King Iohn, pages 1-22 / a1 recto- b5 verso. The Life and Death of King Richard the Second, pages 23-45 / b6 recto-d5 recto. The First Part of Henry the Fourth, with the Life and Death of Henry Sirnamed Hot-Spvrre, pages 46-73 / d5 verso-f6 recto. The Second Part of Henry the Fourth, Containing his Death: and the Coronation of King Henry the Fift, pages 74-100 / f6 verso-g6 verso. The Life of Henry the Fift, pages 69-95 / h1 recto-k2 recto. The First Part of Henry the Sixt, pages 96-119 / k2 verso-m2 recto. The Second Part of Henry the Sixt, with the death of the Good Duke Hvmfrey, pages 120-146 / m2 verso-o3 verso. The Third Part of Henry the Sixt, with the death of the Duke of Yorke, pages 147-172 / o4 recto-q4 verso. The Tragedy of Richard the Third: with the Landing of Earle Richmond, and the Battell at Bosworth Field, pages 173-204 / q5 recto-t2 verso. The Famous History of the Life of King Henry the Eight, pages 205-232 / t3 recto-x4 verso. The Tragedie of Troylus and Cressida, pages [77]-[106] / chi1 recto-❡❡❡1 verso. The Tragedy of Coriolanus, pages 1-30 / aa1 recto-cc3 verso. The Lamentable Tragedy of Titus Andronicus, pages 31-52 / cc4 recto-ee2 verso. The Tragedie of Romeo and Iuliet, pages 53-79 / ee3 recto-Gg1 recto. The Life of Tymon of Athens, pages 80-[100] / Gg1 verso-hh6 verso. The Tragedie of Ivlivs Caesar, pages 109-130 / kk1 recto-ll5 verso. The Tragedie of Macbeth, pages 131-151 / ll6 recto-nn4 recto. The Tragedie of Hamlet, Prince of Denmarke, pages 152-[282] / nn4 verso-qq1 verso (the text on the recto and verso of nn5 has been supplied in MS). The Tragedie of King Lear, pages 283-309 / qq2 recto-ff3 recto. The Tragedie of Othello, the Moore of Venice, pages 310-339 / ff3 verso-vv6 recto. The Tragedie of Anthonie, and Cleopatra, pages 340-368 / vv6 verso-zz2 verso. The Tragedie of Cymbeline, pages 369-[400] / zz3 recto-bbb6 verso (the text on bbb6 has been provided in MS). [4] Signatures: preliminary signatures?, A-Z⁶, Aa-Bb⁶, Cc²; a-g⁶, [superscript chi]gg⁸, h-v⁶, x⁴, chi², ❡-❡❡⁶, ❡❡❡¹, aa-ff⁶, gg², Gg⁶, hh⁶, kk-zz⁶, aaa-bbb⁶. [5] Pagination: irregularities are as follows: The Merry Wives of Windsor: E1 verso (p.[50]) is misprinted as 58; E6 recto (p.[59]) is misprinted as 51. The Comedie of Errors: H1 verso (p.[86]) is misprinted as 88. A Midsommer Night's Dream: N5 recto (p.[153]) is misprinted as 151; O3 recto (p.[161]) is misprinted as 163. The Merchant of Venice: O4 verso (p.[164] is misprinted as 162; O5 recto (p.[165]) is misprinted as 163. As You Like It: Q5 recto (p.[189]) is misprinted as 187. The Taming of the Shrew: S6 verso (p.[214]) is misprinted as 212. All's Well, That Ends Well: X5 recto (p.[249]) is misprinted as 251; X5 verso (p.[250]) is misprinted as 252. Twelfth Night, Or What You Will: Z1 recto (p.[265]) is misprinted as 273. The Life and Death of King Richard the Second: d1 recto (p.[37]) is misprinted as 39. The First Part of Henry the Fourth, with the Life and Death of Henry Sirnamed Hot-Spurre: pagination jumps from p.46 to p.49 (d6 recto), i.e. no 47, 48. The Second Part of Henry the Fourth, Containing his Death: and the Coronation of King Henry the Fifth: gg2 recto (p.[89]) is misprinted as 91; gg2 verso (p.[90]) is misprinted as 92. The Life of Henry the Fifth: pagination starts at h1 recto, printed as 69. The Third Part of Henry the Sixth, with the death of the Duke of Yorke: q1 recto (p.[165]) is misprinted as 167; q1 verso (p.[166]) is misprinted as 168. The Famous History of the Life of King Henry the Eight: v2 recto (p.[216]) is misprinted as 218. The Tragedie of Troylus and Cressida: only pages 79 and 80 are numbered. The Tragedie of Romeo and Juliet: pagination skips from 76 to 79 (i.e. no 77, 78); gg1 and 2 recto and verso are printed 79-82 respectively. The Life of Tymon of Athens: page numbers 81 and 82 are repeated as follows: 80, 81(gg2 recto), 82 (gg2 verso), 81 (gg3 recto), 82 (gg3 verso), 83, 84....; pagination skips from 100-109 (i.e. no 101-108; pages 99 and 100 are inferred). The Tragedie of Hamlet, Prince of Denmarke: pagination skips from 156-257: from oo1 recto the numbering is misprinted as 257 instead of 157; this misprinting continues from this point on; p.[277] is misprinted as 273; pp6 recto (p.[279]) is misprinted as 259; qq1 verso (p.[282]) is misprinted as 280. The Tragedie of King Lear: ss2 verso (p.[308]) is misprinted as 38. The Tragedie of Cymbeline: aaa2 recto (p.[379]) is misprinted as 389; bbb6 recto (p.[399]) is misprinted as 993. [6] Published: colophon reads 'Printed at the charges of W. Jaggard, Ed. Blount, I. Smithweeke, and W. Aspley, 1623.' [7] Printed: title-page reads 'Printed by Isaac Iaggard and Ed. Blount. 1623' (= Isaac Jaggard and Edward Blount). [8] Decoration: woodcut head- and tail- pieces; woodcut initials.
  • 19th century full calf binding over millboards; spine rebacked; sewn on five recessed cords; decorated with a blind line border. Machine marbled endpapers; gilded edges. Conservation note pasted in at end.
  • The text on piA1, nn5, and bbb6 has been provided in MS.
  • Former shelfmark: Press C.5.10
  • Pollard, A.W. Short-title catalogue of books printed in England, Scotland, & Ireland and of English books printed abroad, 1475-1640 (2nd ed.), 22273. English short title catalogue, S111228. Lee, Sidney. Shakespeares comedies, histories, & tragedies: a census of extant copies (1902), 48. Rasmussen & West. Shakespeare First Folios (2012), 30. West, A.J. The Shakespeare First Folio (2003), 30. Cole, G.W., A catalogue of books consisting of English literature and miscellanea including many original editions of Shakespeare forming part of the library of E.D. Church (2004), 610. Greg, W.W., A bibliography of the English printed drama to the restoration (1957), Vol.3, p. 1109-1115.
  • A note inserted at the front of this copy indicates that 'According to a statement by Dr. Barrett in the Library Minutes for Nov 1805 this volume was bought at the sale of Dr. A. Browne's books, 18th November 1805. Dr. Browne was a Senior Fellow of Trinity College Dublin'. Note concerning identification is signed by Dr. Browne.
Resource type
  • ink
  • paper (fiber product)
  • calf (leather)
  • b204539080


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