Lot 541

SHAKESPEARE, William (1564-1616). Julius Cæsar. A Tragedy. As it is now Acted at the Theatre Royal, London, 1691, stitched. THE SECOND QUARTO EDITION.

Estimate: £1,000 - £1,500
Hammer price: £3,200
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SHAKESPEARE, William (1564-1616).  Julius Cæsar. A Tragedy. As it is now Acted at the Theatre Royal. London: "Printed for Henry Herringham, and Richard Bentley at the Post-House, in Russel-Street, Covent Garden", 1691. 4to (201 x 162mm). Small woodcut device on title, 60-pages (title cropped at head and foot with slight loss to letters of title and last line of imprint, with "9" in "1691" truncated, small piece torn away from lower edge of title, affecting letters, text cropped at lower edges with loss of signatures and some catchwords and occasionally affecting the last line, a few leaves cropped at upper edge, browned throughout, rusthole in pp.25/26 not affecting letters, variable staining, more pronounced to final leaf, a few darker spots, some corners creased). Stitched. Provenance: old manuscript library label pasted at lower margin of title, not affecting letters. THE SECOND QUARTO EDITION; the first appeared in 1684. Only three of Shakespeare's plays appeared in quarto format in the 17th-century, The Taming of the Shrew, Macbeth, and Julius Cæsar. cf. Arber II, 64 (citing the first quarto edition of 1684); Bartlett 117 (erroneously citing this as the "sixth edition") ; Jaggard p.319; cf. Lowndes VI, 2283; Pforzheimer 886; Wing S2922A.

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