Original Leaves from the First Four Folios of the Plays of William Shakespeare, 1623, 1632, 1663, 1685 (with an Introductory Essay by Edwin Elliott Willoughby).
San Francisco: David Magee, 1935. Folio, pp., with preliminary text, facsimiles of the title to each folio followed by the original leaf, colophon. Original quarter red morocco over pattern paper boards, corners lightly rubbed, backstrip with some restoration, pleasant bookplate with the motto "Nunc mihi, mox aliis" (Now mine, soon others). A very good copy. Number 13 of 73 copies (including 8 on vellum). One of the finest leaf books ever published, beautifully printed by the Grabhorn Press. The leaves in this copy are a particularly fine selection: from the first folio, Much Ado About Nothing and the lines in which Benedict and Beatrice vow never to marry; from the second folio, King John and the moment Philip the Bastard learns his is the son of Richard I; from the third folio, Romeo and Juliet and Romeo's first glimpse of Juliet ("What Lady is that which doth enrich the hand of yonder Knight?... O she doth teach the torches to burn bright"); and from the fourth folio, Richard III and Richard's magnificent soliloquy exulting in his conquest of the Lady Anne despite his murder of her father and husband ("Was ever woman in this humour Woo'd / Was ever woman in this humour won?"). Of unparalleled importance to English literature.
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