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A Midsummer Night's Dream, First Quarto, 1600

A midsommer nights dreame. As it hath beene sundry times publickley acted, by the Right Honourable, the Lord Chamberlaine his seruants. Written by William Shakespeare.
Imprinted at London: [By Richard Bradock] for Thomas Fisher, and are to be soulde at his shoppe, at the signe of the White Hart, in Fleetestreete, 1600.
[64] p.; 4o

Signatures: A-H4
References: STC (2nd ed.) 22302; Greg, I, 170(a)

British Library Copy

Shelfmark: C.34.k.29
Copy notes: Signatures: A-H4. Titlepage slightly defective. Cropped at head, affecting headlines.
Provenance: David Garrick, bequeathed 1779. (Not identified as Garrick's copy in the 1939 Census, but listed in the Garrick Collection catalogue.)
Binding: In a 19th-century English blind and gold tooled citron grained sheep binding. Author, title, place and date of publication are lettered in gold up the flat spine. The edges of the boards and the turn-ins are gold tooled. The edges of the leaves are gilt. With comb marbled paper endleaves. Signed at the top on the turn-in of the upper cover 'TUCKETT. BINDER. BRITISH MUSEUM'.

A Midsummer Night's Dream, Second Quarto, 1600 [1619]

A midsommer nights dreame. As it hath beene sundry times publikley acted, by the Right Honourable, the Lord Chamberlaine his seruants. Written by William Shakespeare.
[London]: Printed by Iames Roberts [i.e. William Jaggard for T. Pavier], 1600 [i.e. 1619].
[64] p.; 4o

Signatures: A-H4
References: STC (2nd ed.) 22303; Greg, I, 170(b)

British Library Copies

Shelfmark: C.34.k.30
Copy notes: Signatures: A-H4.
Provenance: David Garrick, bequeathed 1779.
Binding: In a 19th-century English gold tooled citron grained sheep binding with the coat of arms of David Garrick tooled in gold in the centre of both covers. Author, title and date of publication are lettered in gold up the flat spine. The edges of the boards and the turn-ins are gold tooled. The edges of the leaves are gilt. With comb marbled paper endleaves. Bound by the British Museum Bindery.

Shelfmark: C.12.g.30
Copy notes: Signatures: A-H4.
Provenance: Edward Nedham; H. Cleaveland; King George III, presented 1823.
Binding: In a 19th-century English gold tooled red half sheep binding, the boards covered with comb marbled paper. The cypher of King George III is tooled in gold on the flat spine. Author, title and date of publication are lettered in gold up the spine. With comb marbled paper endleaves. MS. note 'Edward Nedham' on the titlepage and MS. note 'H. Cleaveland' crossed out and virtually illegible on A2r. Bound by the British Museum Bindery.


 

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