Daily entries from the 17th century London diary
SP acquired on July 7th. 1664 either:-
Mr. William Shakespeares comedies, histories, and tragedies. Published according to the true original copies. The third impression.London : printed [by Roger Daniel, Alice Warren, and another] for Philip Chetwinde, 1663.
or the subsequent 're-issue':-
Mr. William Shakespear's comedies, histories, and tragedies. Published according to the true original copies. The third impression. And unto this impression is added seven playes, never before printed in folio. viz. Pericles Prince of Tyre. The London prodigall. The history o Thomas Ld. Cromwell. Sir John Oldcastle Lord Cobham. The Puritan widow. A York-shire tragedy. The tragedy of Locrine.London : printed [by Roger Daniel, Alice Warren, and another] for P[hilip] C[hetwind], 1664.
Of the seven 'added plays' only Pericles is considered to have a Shakespeare connection.
Pepys had the habit of replacing his books with the latest edition and the Pepysian Library contains:-
Mr William Shakespear's comedies, histories, and tragedies. Published according to the true original copies. Unto which is added, seven plays, never before printed in folio: viz. Pericles Prince of Tyre. The London prodigal. The history of Thomas Lord Cromwel. Sir John Oldcastle Lord Cobham. The Puritan widow. A Yorkshire tragedy. The tragedy of Locrine. The fourth edition.London : printed for H. Herringman, and are to be sold by Joseph Knight and Francis Saunders, at the Anchor in the Lower Walk of the New Exchange, 1685.
And the first folio.
This has been mentioned previously in annotations...
A Shakespeare text that could be worth millions has been inherited by a woman, from a cousin she did not know she had. Anne Humphries, from Greater Manchester, is to sell the First Folio of Comedies, Histories & Tragedies...
The 1623 text has been described by experts as the most important book in the English language.
The book is one of only six in private hands and the last one, which was in a better condition, topped the £4m price tag in 2001.
Pedro, great story and link. I love those sorts of stories.
For those who wonder, as I did, how it came out, here is an item from the New York Times archives:
Published: October 8, 2004That Shakespeare first folio inherited by an Englishwoman from a relative she never knew has been sold at auction in London for $285,000, the BBC reported. Some 40 pages, including most of ''The Tempest,'' were missing from the book, printed in 1623 and sold by Anne Humphries, 48. A complete version was sold in 2001 for $7.3 million. The identity of the buyer was not immediately known.
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