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Richard II bibliographic descriptions

Richard II, First Quarto, 1597

The tragedie of King Richard the second. As it hath been publikely acted by the Right Honourable the Lorde Chamberlaine his seruants.
London: printed by Valentine Simmes for Androw Wise, and are to be sold at his shop in Paules church yard at the signe of the Angel, 1597.
[76] p.; 4o

Signatures: A-I4 K2
References: STC (2nd ed.) 22307; Greg, I, 141(a)

British Library Copy

Shelfmark: Huth 46
Copy notes: Signatures: A-I4 K2. Leaf G2 is slightly defective.
Provenance: George Daniel, sold 1864; Henry Huth, bequeathed 1911.
Binding: In a 19th-century English gold tooled red goatskin binding. Five false raised bands divide the spine into six gold tooled compartments. The title is lettered in gold across the second spine compartment, the author and the date of publication are lettered in gold across the third spine compartment. The edges of the boards and the turn-ins are gold tooled. The edges of the leaves are gilt. With comb marbled paper endleaves. With the book-plate 'EX MVSÆO HVTHII.' and the stamp 'HUTH BEQUEST' on the pastedown of the upper cover and the stamp 'HUTH BEQUEST' on the pastedown of the lower cover. A newspaper cutting dated in MS. 'The Critic. N. York. 13 July 91.' is pasted on the first front flyleaf. MS. notes by George Daniel, dated 1847, on recto and verso of the second front flyleaf. MS. notes '25, By W. Shakespear, df' in unidentified hands on the titlepage. Signed at the top on the front flyleaf 'BOUND BY C. LEWIS'.

Richard II, Second Quarto, 1598

The tragedie of King Richard the second. As it hath been publikely acted by the Right Honourable the Lorde Chamberlaine his seruants. By William Shake-speare.
London: printed by Valentine Simmes for Andrew Wise, and are to be sold at his shop in Paules churchyard at the signe of the Angel, 1598.
[72] p.; 4o

This edition has 'sold' in the imprint. The third quarto (STC (2nd ed.) 22309) has 'solde'.

Signatures: A-I4
References: STC (2nd ed.) 22308; Greg, I, 141(b)

British Library Copy

Shelfmark: C.34.k.42
Copy notes: Signatures: A-I4. Leaf H1 is slightly defective.
Provenance: David Garrick, bequeathed 1779.
Binding: In a 19th-century English blind and 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, 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 an unidentified hand on H1r. Signed at the top on the turn-in of the upper cover 'TUCKETT. BINDER. BRITISH MUSEUM'.

Richard II, Third Quarto, 1598

The tragedie of King Richard the second. As it hath been publikely acted by the Right Honourable the Lorde Chamberlaine his seruants. By William Shake-speare.
London: printed by Valentine Simmes for Andrew Wise, and are to be solde at his shop in Paules churchyard at the signe of the Angel, 1598.
[72] p.; 4o

This edition has 'solde' in the imprint. The second quarto (STC (2nd ed.) 22308) has 'sold'.

Signatures: A-I4
References: STC (2nd ed.) 22309; Greg, I, 141(c)

There is no copy of this quarto in the British Library.

Richard II, Fourth Quarto, 1608

The tragedie of King Richard the second. As it hath been publikely acted by the Right Honourable the Lorde Chamberlaine his seruants. By William Shake-speare.
London: printed by W. W. [William White] for Mathew Law, and are to be sold at his shop in Paules Church-yard, at the signe of the Foxe, 1608.
[80] p.; 4o

There is also a version with a variant titlepage (STC (2nd ed.) 22311).

Signatures: A-K4 (last leaf blank)
References: STC (2nd ed.) 22310; Greg, I, 141(d*)

British Library Copy

Shelfmark: C.34.k.43
Copy notes: Signatures: A-K4.
Provenance: Thomas Jolley; Thomas Rodd, sold 1845.
Binding: In a 19th-century English gold tooled red 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. With comb marbled paper endleaves. With Thomas Jolley's book-plate, MS. signature and date '1809' on the third front flyleaf. Bound by the British Museum Bindery.

Richard II, Fourth Quarto variant, 1608

The tragedie of King Richard the second: With new additions of the Parliament sceane, and the deposing of King Richard, as it hath been lately acted by the Kinges Maiesties seruantes, at the Globe. By William Shake-speare.
At London: printed by W. W. [William White] for Mathew Law, and are to be sold at his shop in Paules Church-yard, at the signe of the Foxe, 1608.
[80] p.; 4o

This version has a variant titlepage.

Signatures: A-K4 (last leaf blank)
References: STC (2nd ed.) 22311; Greg, I, 141(d*)

There is no copy of this quarto in the British Library.

Richard II, Fifth Quarto, 1615

The tragedie of King Richard the second: with new additions of the Parliament sceane, and the deposing of King Richard. As it hath been lately acted by the Kinges Maiesties seruants, at the Globe. By William Shake-speare.
At London: printed [by Thomas Purfoot] for Mathew Law, and are to be sold at his shop in Paules Church-yard, at the signe of the Foxe, 1615.
[80] p.; 4o

Signatures: A-K4 (last leaf blank)
References: STC (2nd ed.) 22312; Greg, I, 141(e)

British Library Copy

Shelfmark: C.34.k.44
Copy notes: Signatures: A-I4 K4 (-K4, blank). Leaf B1 is defective. Cropped at head, affecting headlines.
Provenance: John Bancroft; 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. With comb marbled paper endleaves. MS. note 'John Bancroft' on the titlepage. MS. notes in unidentified hands on quire H. Bound by the British Museum Bindery.

Richard II, Sixth Quarto, 1634

The life and death of King Richard the second. With new additions of the Parliament scene, and the deposing of King Richard. As it hath beene acted by the Kings Majesties servants, at the Globe. By William Shakespeare.
London: printed by Iohn Norton, 1634.
[80] p.; 4o

Signatures: A-K4
References: STC (2nd ed.) 22313; Greg, I, 141(h)

British Library Copies

Shelfmark: C.34.k.45
Copy notes: Signatures: A-K4. Cropped at head, removing some headlines, cropped at foot, affecting catchwords. Beginnings of eight lines on A2v inked over by hand.
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 sprinkled red. With comb marbled paper endleaves. Bound by the British Museum Bindery.

Shelfmark: C.12.g.19
Copy notes: Signatures: B-K4. Wanting quire A, text supplied in manuscript on six leaves. Leaf K3 is defective. Cropped at head, removing most headlines, partly affecting text.
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 yellow. With comb marbled paper endleaves. Bound by the British Museum Bindery.

 
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