Mr. William Shakespeares comedies, histories & tragedies : published according to the true originall copies.

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PML 5122
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616.
London : Printed by Isaac Iaggard and Ed. Blount, 1623.
[18], 303, [1], 100 [i.e. 98], [2], 69-232, [4], 79-80, [26], 98, [2], 109-156, 257-993 [i.e. 399], [1] p. : 1 port. (engraving) ; 34 cm
Purchased with the Toovey collection, 1899.

Colophon: Printed at the Charges of W. Jaggard, Ed. Blount, I. Smithweeke, and W. Aspley, 1623.
First folio ed.; third issue (see Blayney, p. 24).
Includes the cancelled leaf gg[superscript]2: the last lines of Romeo and Juliet and the opening lines of Troylus on the verso. The title page is from another copy and the fly-leaf has been repaired; the first page of Troylus and Cressida is from a smaller copy.

Old calf with armorial stamp of Robert Sidney, Earl of Leicester, probably supplied by Toovey in the 19th century from a different book, possibly one of the volumes Thomas Bodley secured for the Bodleian Library with a donation from Sidney, and therefore bound with the donor's armorial device and with a catchplate for chaining, then presumably deaccessioned at a later date. See Lee, S. "A survey of first folios," in Studies in the First Folio (London, 1924, p. 94) and Warkentin, G. & P. Hoare, "Sophisticated Shakespeare: James Toovey and the Morgan Library's 'Sidney' First Folio," Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America 100 (2006): 313-56.
For earlier provenance, see Lee, Census, and Warkentin and Hoare; armorial bookplate dated 1698 of Sir William Brownlowe, (1655?-1702), 4th baronet, of Belton, Lines (from the old binding?); Sir Thomas Sebright, by inheritance to his nephew Sir John Sebright, Rev. Robert Willis FRS, his sale Hodgson's 11 April 1872, Leonard L. Hartley, his sales (3 May 1886, lot 250 [bought in]; 19 April 1887, lot 478), James Toovey; Pierpont Morgan.