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Merry Wives of Windsor bibliographic descriptions

Merry Wives of Windsor, First Quarto, 1602

A most pleasaunt and excellent conceited comedie, of Syr Iohn Falstaffe, and the merrie wiues of Windsor. Entermixed with sundrie variable and pleasing humors, of Syr Hugh the Welch knight, Iustice Shallow, and his wise cousin M. Slender. With the swaggering vaine of Auncient Pistoll, and Corporall Nym. By William Shakespeare. As it hath bene diuers times acted by the Right Honorable my Lord Chamberlaines seruants. Both before her Maiestie, and else-where.
London: printed by T. C. [Thomas Creede] for Arthur Iohnson, and are to be sold at his shop in Powles Church-yard, at the signe of the Flower de Leuse and the Crowne, 1602.
[56] p.; 4o

Signatures: A-G4 (first leaf blank, except for signature 'A')
References: STC (2nd ed.) 22299; Greg, I, 187(a)

British Library Copy

Shelfmark: Huth 48
Copy notes: Signatures: A4 (-A1, blank) B-G4.
Provenance: James Bindley, sold 1819; Richard Heber, sold 1834; George Daniel, sold 1864; Henry Huth, bequeathed 1911.
Binding: Bound in repaired English stone marbled paper wrappers with a plain paper spine and a plain paper title label with the title and date of publication in MS. on the upper cover. Heber's MS. note 'Bindleys Sale Pt. III n. 2045.', the book-plate 'EX MVSÆO HVTHII.' and the stamp 'HUTH BEQUEST' are on the pastedown of the upper cover. A stamp 'BIBLIOTHECA HEBERIANA' and a newspaper cutting, dated in MS. 'Academy 15 Sept. 1888' are on the front flyleaf, and the stamp 'HUTH BEQUEST' is on the pastedown of the lower cover.

Merry Wives of Windsor, Second Quarto, 1619

A most pleasant and excellent conceited comedie, of Sir Iohn Falstaffe, and the merrie wiues of Windsor. With the swaggering vaine of Auncient Pistoll, and Corporall Nym. Written by W. Shakespeare.
[London]: Printed by [William Jaggard] for Arthur Iohnson [i.e. Thomas Pavier], 1619.
[56] p.; 4o

Signatures: A-G4
References: STC (2nd ed.) 22300; Greg, I, 187(b)

British Library Copy

Shelfmark: C.34.k.27
Copy notes: Signatures: A-G4.
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 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.24
Copy notes: Signatures: A-G4.
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 and date of publication are lettered in gold up the spine. With comb marbled paper endleaves. Bound by the British Museum Bindery.

Merry Wives of Windsor, Third Quarto, 1630

The merry wiues of Windsor. With the humours of Sir Iohn Falstaffe, as also the swaggering vaine of Ancient Pistoll, and Corporall Nym. Written by William Shake-speare. Newly corrected.
London: Printed by T. H. [Thomas Harper] for R. Meighen, and are to be sold at his shop, next to the Middle-Temple Gate, and in S. Dunstans Church-yard in Fleet-street, 1630.
[80] p.; 4o

Signatures: A-K4 (last leaf blank)
References: STC (2nd ed.) 22301; Greg, I, 187(d)

British Library Copy

Shelfmark: C.34.k.28
Copy notes: Signatures: A-I4 K4 (-K4, blank).
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. Bound by the British Museum Bindery.


 

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