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Merchant of Venice bibliographic descriptions

  • First Quarto, 1600
  • Second Quarto, 1600 [1619]
  • Third Quarto, 1608 [1637]
  • Merchant of Venice, First Quarto, 1600

    The most excellent historie of the merchant of Venice. With the extreame crueltie of Shylocke the Iewe towards the sayd merchant, in cutting a iust pound of his flesh: and the obtayning of Portia by the choyse of three chests. As it hath beene diuers times acted by the Lord Chamberlaine his seruants. Written by William Shakespeare.
    At London: printed by I. R. [James Roberts] for Thomas Heyes, and are to be sold in Paules Church-yard, at the signe of the Greene Dragon, 1600.
    [76] p.; 4o

    Signatures: A-I4 K2
    References: STC (2nd ed.) 22296; Greg, I, 172(a)

    British Library Copy

    Shelfmark: C.34.k.22
    Copy notes: Signatures: A-I4 K2. Cropped at head, affecting headlines.
    Provenance: David Garrick, bequeathed 1779.
    Binding: In a 19th-century English blind and gold tooled green grained sheep binding with the coat of arms of David Garrick tooled in gold in the centre of both covers. 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. MS. notes in unidentified hands on the verso of the titlepage and on the first flyleaf at the back. Signed at the top on the turn-in of the upper cover 'TUCKETT. BINDER. BRITISH MUSEUM'.

    Shelfmark: C.12.g.11
    Copy notes: Signatures: A-I4 K2.
    Provenance: John Ker, 3rd Duke of Roxburghe, sold 1812; King George III, presented 1823.
    Binding: In a 19th-century English gold tooled red half sheep binding, the boards covered with marbled paper. Title and date of publication are lettered in gold up the flat spine. The edges of the leaves are red. With plain paper endleaves. Bound by the British Museum Bindery.

    Shelfmark: C.12.g.32
    Copy notes: Signatures: A-I4 K2. Leaf D3 is slightly defective.
    Provenance: 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, place and date of publication are lettered in gold up the spine. The edges of the leaves are sprinkled red. With comb marbled paper endleaves. Bound by the British Museum Bindery.

    Merchant of Venice, Second Quarto, 1600 [1619]

    The excellent history of the merchant of Venice. With the extreme cruelty of Shylocke the Iew towards the saide merchant, in cutting a iust pound of his flesh. And the obtayning of Portia, by the choyse of three caskets. Written by W. Shakespeare.
    [London]: Printed by I. Roberts [i.e. by William Jaggard for Thomas Pavier], 1600 [i.e. 1619].
    [80] p.; 4o

    Signatures: A-K4
    References: STC (2nd ed.) 22297; Greg, I, 172(b)

    British Library Copies

    Shelfmark: C.34.k.23
    Copy notes: Signatures: A-K4.
    Provenance: David Garrick, bequeathed 1779.
    Binding: In a 19th-century English gold tooled red 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 top edge is gilt. With comb marbled paper endleaves. Bound by the British Museum Bindery.

    Shelfmark: C.12.g.31
    Copy notes: Signatures: A-K4.
    Provenance: Probably belonged to W. H. Ireland, sold 1801; 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, place and date of publication are lettered in gold up the spine. The edges of the leaves are gilt. With comb marbled paper endleaves. MS. note on the third front flyleaf 'Merchant of Venice Second Edition Steevens's List says Printed for I. Roberts'. MS. note on K4r 'This copy was used by S. I.' and MS. notes in unidentified hands on K4v. Bound by the British Museum Bindery.

    Merchant of Venice, Third Quarto, 1637

    The most excellent historie of the merchant of Venice. With the extreame crueltie of Shylocke the Iewe towards the said merchant, in cutting a just pound of his flesh: and the obtaining of Portia by the choice of three chests. As it hath beene divers times acted by the Lord Chamberlaine his servants. Written by William Shakespeare.
    London: printed by M. P. [Marmaduke Parsons] for Laurence Hayes, and are to be sold at his shop on Fleetbridge, 1637.
    [72] p.; 4o

    Signatures: A-I4
    References: STC (2nd ed.) 22298; Greg, I, 172(eI)

    British Library Copy

    Shelfmark: C.34.k.24
    Copy notes: Signatures: A-I4.
    Provenance: David Garrick, bequeathed 1779.
    Binding: In a 19th-century English gold tooled red grained sheep binding with the coat of arms of David Garrick tooled in gold on the flat spine. Author, title, place and date of publication are lettered in gold up the 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. MS. notes on A1v. Bound by the British Museum Bindery.

     
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