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33 William Shakespeare 1564-1616
Mr. William Shakespeares Comidies, Histories, & Tragedies. Published according to the True Original Copies
London. Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed. Blount, 1623.

------. The Second Impression. London, Printed by Tho. Cotes, for Robert Allot, 1632.

------. The Third Impression. London, Printed for Philip Chetwinde, 1663.

------. The Fourth Edition. London, Printed for H. Herringman, and are to be sold by Joseph Knight and Francis Saunders, 1685.

Fewer than half of the thirty-eight plays which, in whole or in part, are accepted as indubitably Shakespearean were published during his lifetime, and there is evidence that even those were printed without his permission. Not until seven years after his death was there an attempt to bring out a collected edition of the dramatic works. The resulting edition is now known as the First Folio, to distinguish it from later collected editions and from the separate printings of individual plays, the Quarto editions. In 1632 the Second Folio appeared, virtually a reprint of the First. The first issue of the Third Folio was published in 1663. Finally, in 1685, came the Fourth Folio, a reprint of the Third Folio, second issue, and the last to be issued in the seventeenth century. The Fourth Folio, as well as the second issue of the Third Folio, includes seven additional plays, only one of which, "Pericles, Prince of Tyre," is now attributed to Shakespeare.
Gift of Stephen Whitney Phoenix (First Folio);
Bequest of Mollie Harris Samuels (Second Folio);
Gift of Solton and Julia Engel (Third and Fourth Folios)

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