Much Ado About Nothing bibliographic descriptions
Much Ado About Nothing, First Quarto, 1600
Much adoe about nothing. As it hath been sundrie times publikely
acted by the Right Honourable, the Lord Chamberlaine his seruants.
Written by William Shakespeare.
London: printed by V. S. [Valentine Simmes] for Andrew Wise, and
William Aspley, 1600.
 p.; 4o
References: STC (2nd ed.) 22304; Greg, I, 168(a)
British Library Copy
Copy notes: Signatures: A-I4.
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. With comb
marbled paper endleaves. MS. note 'of this play there is no other
Edition in Quarto' in an unidentified hand on A1v. Bound by the
British Museum Bindery.
Copy notes: Signatures: A-H4 I4 (-I4). Text of leaf I4 supplied
Provenance: David Garrick, bequeathed 1779.
Binding: In a 19th-century English 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. Signed at the top on the turn-in
of the upper cover 'TUCKETT. BINDER. BRITISH MUSEUM'.