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Romeo and Juliet bibliographic descriptions

Romeo and Juliet, First Quarto, 1597

An excellent conceited tragedie of Romeo and Iuliet. As it hath been often (with great applause) plaid publiquely, by the Right Honourable the L. of Hunsdon his seruants.
London: printed by Iohn Danter [and Edward Allde], 1597.
[78] p.; 4o

Signatures: [A]4 (-[A]1) B-K4
References: STC (2nd ed.) 22322; Greg, I, 143(a)

British Library Copy

Shelfmark: C.34.k.55
Copy notes: Signatures: [A]4 (-[A]1) B-K4. Cropped at foot, affecting signatures and catchwords.
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 E1v and E2r. Bound by the British Museum Bindery.

Romeo and Juliet, Second Quarto, 1599

The most excellent and lamentable tragedie, of Romeo and Iuliet. Newly corrected, augmented, and amended: as it hath bene sundry times publiquely acted, by the Right Honourable the Lord Chamberlaine his seruants.
London: printed by Thomas Creede, for Cuthbert Burby, and are to be sold at his shop neare the Exchange, 1599.
[92] p.; 4o

Signatures: A-L4 M2
References: STC (2nd ed.) 22323; Greg, I, 143(b)

British Library Copy

Shelfmark: C.12.g.18
Copy notes: Signatures: A-L4 M2. Cropped at head, affecting headlines.
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. MS. note 'Agst 23, 1621' on M2r and MS. notes in unidentified hands on several leaves. Bound by the British Museum Bindery.

Romeo and Juliet, Third Quarto, 1609

The most excellent and lamentable tragedie, of Romeo and Iuliet. As it hath beene sundrie times publiquely acted, by the Kings Maiesties seruants at the Globe. Newly corrected, augmented, and amended:
London: printed [by Iohn Windet] for Iohn Smethwick, and are to be sold at his shop in Saint Dunstanes Church-yard, in Fleetestreete vnder the Dyall, 1609.
[92] p.; 4o

Signatures: A-L4 M2
References: STC (2nd ed.) 22324; Greg, I, 143(c)

British Library Copy

Shelfmark: C.34.k.57
Copy notes: Signatures: A-L4 M2.
Provenance: George Daniel; J. O. Halliwell-Phillipps, sold 1858.
Binding: In an 18th-century English gold tooled semi-limp vellum binding. The flat spine is divided into five gold tooled decorative compartments. The edges of the leaves are gilt. With plain paper endleaves. MS. notes by J. O. Halliwell-Phillipps are pasted on the pastedown of the upper cover and are written on the front flyleaf.

Romeo and Juliet, Fourth Quarto, [1622]

The most excellent and lamentable tragedie, of Romeo and Iuliet. As it hath beene sundrie times publikely acted, by the Kings Maiesties seruants at the Globe. Newly corrected, augmented, and amended.
London: printed [by William Stansby] for Iohn Smethwicke, and are to bee sold at his shop in Saint Dunstanes Church-yard, in Fleetestreete vnder the Dyall, [1622].
[88] p.; 4o

There is also a version with a variant titlepage (STC (2nd ed.) 22325a).

Signatures: A-L4
References: STC (2nd ed.) 22325; Greg, I, 143(e*)

British Library Copy

Shelfmark: C.34.k.56
Copy notes: Signatures: A-L4. Cropped at head, affecting headlines.
Provenance: Sarah Downes; Richard Warner; 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 place 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 on the titlepage 'Richard Warner 1752', on A1v 'Sarah Downes her booke 1709' and on L4v 'Sarah Downes her booke 1698'. Signed at the top on the turn-in of the upper cover 'TUCKETT. BINDER. BRITISH MUSEUM'.

Romeo and Juliet, Fourth Quarto Variant, [1622]

The most excellent and lamentable tragedie, of Romeo and Iuliet. As it hath beene sundrie times publikely acted, by the Kings Maiesties seruants at the Globe. Written by W. Shake-speare. Newly corrected, augmented, and amended:
London: printed [by William Stansby] for Iohn Smethwicke, and are to bee sold at his shop in Saint Dunstanes Church-yard, in Fleetestreete vnder the Dyall, [1622].
[88] p.; 4o

This version has a variant titlepage.

Signatures: A-L4
References: STC (2nd ed.) 22325a; Greg, I, 143(e*)

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

Romeo and Juliet, Fifth Quarto, 1637

The most excellent and lamentable tragedie of Romeo and Iuliet. As it hath been sundry times publikely acted by the Kings Maiesties servants at the Globe. Written by W. Shake-speare. Newly corrected, augmented, and amended.
London: printed by R. Young for John Smethwicke, and are to be sold at his shop in St. Dunstans Church-yard in Fleetstreete, under the Dyall, 1637.
[88] p.; 4o

Signatures: A-L4
References: STC (2nd ed.) 22326; Greg, I, 143(g)

British Library Copy

Shelfmark: C.34.k.58
Copy notes: Signatures: A-L4.
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, 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'.


 
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