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Pericles, First Quarto, 1609

The late, and much admired play, called Pericles, Prince of Tyre. With the true relation of the whole historie, aduentures, and fortunes of the said prince: as also, the no lesse strange, and worthy accidents, in the birth and life, of his daughter Mariana. As it hath been diuers and sundry times acted by his Maiesties seruants, at the Globe on the Banck-side. By William Shakespeare.
Imprinted at London: [by William White and Thomas Creede] for Henry Gosson, and are to be sold at the signe of the Sunne in Pater-noster row, &c., 1609.
[72] p.; 4o

Signatures: A-I4 (last leaf blank)
References: STC (2nd ed.) 22334; Greg, I, 284(a)

British Library Copy

Shelfmark: C.12.h.5
Copy notes: Signatures: A-H4 I4 (-I4, blank). Titlepage and leaf C1 are slightly defective. Titlepage mounted, leaves A2 to I3 framed.
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 red. With comb marbled paper endleaves. MS. note in an unidentified hand on the titlepage. Bound by the British Museum Bindery.

Pericles, Second Quarto, 1609

The late, and much admired play, called Pericles, Prince of Tyre. With the true relation of the whole historie, aduentures, and fortunes of the said prince: as also, the no lesse strange, and worthy accidents, in the birth and life, of his daughter Mariana. As it hath been diuers and sundry times acted by his Maiesties seruants, at the Globe on the Banck-side. By William Shakespeare.
Imprinted at London: [by William White and Thomas Creede] for Henry Gosson, and are to be sold at the signe of the Sunne in Pater-noster row, &c., 1609.
[72] p.; 4o

Signatures: A-I4 (last leaf blank)
References: STC (2nd ed.) 22335; Greg, I, 284(b)

British Library Copy

Shelfmark: C.34.k.36
Copy notes: Signatures: A-H4 I4 (-I4, blank). Cropped at head, affecting headlines.
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. Signed at the top on the turn-in of the upper cover 'TUCKETT. BINDER. BRITISH MUSEUM'.

Pericles, Third Quarto, 1611

The late, and much admired play, called Pericles, Prince of Tyre. With the true relation of the whole history, aduentures, and fortunes of the sayd prince: as also, the no lesse strange, and worthy accidents, in the birth and life, of his daughter Mariana. As it hath been diuers and sundry times acted by his Maiestyes seruants, at the Globe on the Banck-side. By William Shakespeare.
Printed at London: by S. S. [S. Stafford], 1611.
[70] p.; 4o

Signatures: A-I4 (last leaf blank)
References: STC (2nd ed.) 22336; Greg, I, 284(c)

British Library Copy

Shelfmark: C.34.k.37
Copy notes: Signatures: A-C4 D4 (-D2, D3) E-I4. Cropped at head, affecting headlines, cropped at foot, affecting signatures, catchwords and text.
Provenance: J. O. Halliwell-Phillipps, sold 1858.
Binding: In a 19th-century English blind and gold tooled dark red goatskin binding. Title and author are lettered in gold up the flat spine, the date of publication is lettered in gold across the foot of the spine. The edges of the boards are gold tooled, the turn-ins are blind and gold tooled. The edges of the leaves are gilt. With plain blue paper endleaves tooled in blind. MS. note by J. O. Halliwell-Phillipps pasted on the verso of the front flyleaf. Bound by Riley.

Pericles, Fourth Quarto, 1619

The late, and much admired play, called, Pericles, Prince of Tyre. With the true relation of the whole history, aduentures, and fortunes of the saide prince. Written by W. Shakespeare.
[London]: Printed for T. P., 1619.
[68] p.; 4o

Issued as part of: The whole contention betweene the two famous houses, Lancaster and Yorke (London: [by William Jaggard] for T. P. [Thomas Pavier], [1619])

Signatures: chi1[=2B2?] R-2A4 2B2 (-2B2)
Issued with The whole contention betweene the two famous houses, Lancaster and Yorke (Henry VI, Parts 2& 3), 1619. The whole volume has signatures A-Q4 chi1[=2B2?] R-2A4 2B2 (-2B2). Henry VI, Parts 2 & 3 has signatures A-Q4.
References: STC (2nd ed.) 26101; Greg, I, 119(c), 284(d)

British Library Copy

Shelfmark: C.12.h.6
Copy notes: Signatures: chi1(=2B2) R-2A4 2B2 (-2B2). All leaves framed.
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. MS. note ‘George Steevens’ on the titlepage. Bound by the British Museum Bindery.

Shelfmark: C.34.k.38(2?)
Copy notes: Signatures: R-2A4 2B2 (-2B2). Wanting leaf chi1. See also the entry for The whole contention betweene the two famous houses, Lancaster and Yorke (Henry VI, Parts 2 & 3) 1619.
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. Five false raised bands divide the spine into six gold tooled compartments. The author and the title of the first play in the volume are lettered in gold up the spine in the second spine compartment. The title of the second play in the volume is lettered in gold up the spine in the third spine compartment. The place of publication is lettered in gold across the foot of 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.

Pericles, Fifth Quarto, 1630

The late, and much admired play, called Pericles, Prince of Tyre. With the true relation of the whole history, aduentures, and fortunes of the sayd prince: written by Will. Shakespeare:
London: printed by I. N. [John Norton] for R. B. [Robert Bird], 1630.
[68] p.; 4o

Signatures: A-H4 I2
References: STC (2nd ed.) 22337; Greg, I, 284(e)

British Library Copy

Shelfmark: C.34.k.40
Copy notes: Signatures: A-H4 I2. Leaf C4 repaired at head, removing headline.
Provenance: J. O. Halliwell-Phillipps, sold 1858.
Binding: In a 19th-century English gold tooled dark red calf binding. Five false raised bands divide the spine into six gold tooled compartments. Author and title are lettered in gold across the second spine compartment, place and 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. A cutting from a bookseller's catalogue pasted on the verso of the first front flyleaf. MS. notes by J. O. Halliwell-Phillipps on the recto of the second front flyleaf. Binder's stamp on the verso of the first front flyleaf 'BOUND BY F. BEDFORD'.

Pericles, Fifth Quarto Variant, 1630

The late, and much admired play, called Pericles, Prince of Tyre. With the true relation of the whole history, aduentures, and fortunes of the sayd prince: written by Will. Shakespeare:
London: printed by I. N. [John Norton] for R. B. [Robert Bird] and are to be sould at his shop in Cheapside, at the signe of the Bible, 1630.
[68] p.; 4o

Signatures: A-H4 I2
References: STC (2nd ed.) 22338; Greg, I, 284(e)

British Library Copy

Shelfmark: C.34.k.39
Copy notes: Signatures: A-H4 I2.
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 top edge is gilt. With comb marbled paper endleaves. Bound by the British Museum Bindery.

Pericles, Sixth Quarto, 1635

The late, and much admired play, called Pericles, Prince of Tyre. With the true relation of the whole history, adventures, and fortunes of the said prince. Written by W. Shakespeare.
Printed at London: by Thomas Cotes, 1635.
[68] p.; 4o

Signatures: A-H4 I2
References: STC (2nd ed.) 22339; Greg, I, 284(f)

British Library Copies

Shelfmark: C.34.k.41
Copy notes: Signatures: A-H4 I2. Cropped at foot, affecting signatures, catchwords and text.
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 sprinkled red. With comb marbled paper endleaves. Bound by the British Museum Bindery.


 

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