Shakespeare's Fourth folio, 1685 [Copy 02]

Public

The Fourth Folio, published in 1685, included the same 43 plays in the same sequence as the Third – and indeed exactly echoed its claim on the title page to have “added” 7 plays “Never before Published in Folio.” These were in fact also reprinted from the Third Folio. As in the Second and Third Folios, the Fourth once more made abundant changes to the text of Shakespeare’s Third Folio, on which it based its copy. The Fourth Folio would be used as the basis of the first modern edition, Nicholas Rowe’s 1709 Works The Fourth Folio in turn served as the base for the series of eighteenth-century editions of Shakespeare's plays. Nicholas Rowe used the Fourth Folio text as the foundation of his 1709 edition, and subsequent editors — Pope, Theobald, etc. — both adapted and reacted to Rowe's text in their own editions. -- [from the auction clippings]

In Collection:
Creator Subject Language Date created Resource type Rights statement Extent
  • 1 volume (approximately 288 pages)
Additional physical characteristics
  • This copy contains a list of the principal actors in all the plays and a catalogue of all the comedies, histories, and tragedies contained within this folio.
Physical repository Collection
  • Early Printed Books
Provenance
  • From the Legislative Library of British Columbia's collection.
Provider Genre Date digitized
  • March 28, 2017 to April 12, 2017
Transcript
  • Contents: [_file page number] _007 Tempest (1) _016 Two Gentlemen of Verona (18) _024 Merry Wives of Windsor (35) _034 Measure for Measure (55) _045 Comedy of Errors (76) _052 Much Ado About Nothing (90) _062 Love's Labour Lost (110) _071 Midsummers Nights Dream (130) _079 Merchant of Venice (146) _089 As You Like It (168) _099 Taming of the Shrew (188) _109 Alls Well that Ends Well (208) _120 Twelf-Night, Or What You Will (230) _130 Winter's Tale (250) _143 King John (1) _153 Life and Death of King Richard II (20) _163 First Part of Henry IV... (41) _174 Second Part of Henry IV... (63) _186 Life of King Henry V (88) _198 First Part of King Henry VI (112) _208 Second Part of King Henry VI (133) _220 Third Part of King Henry VI (157) _232 Tragedy of Richard III... (180) _247 History of King Henry VIII (208) _258 Tragedy of Trolius and Cressida (233) _271 Tragedy of Coriolanus (258) _283 Lamentable Tragedy of Titus Andronicus (285) _294 Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet (305) _304 Life of Timon of Athens (1) _314 Tragedy of Julius Caesar (20) _324 Tragedy of Macbeth (40) _333 Tragedy of Hamlet (59) _347 Tragedy of King Lear (87) _359 Tragedy of Othello... (111) _373 Tragedy of Anthony & Cleopatra (138) _386 Tragedy of Cymbeline (165) _400 ... Pericles, Prince of Tyre... (193) _410 London Prodigal (212) _417 History of...Thomas Lord Cromwell (227) _424 History of Sir John Oldcastle... (241) _435 The Puritan... (262) _444 A Yorkshire Tragedy (280) _447 Tragedy of Locrine... (286)
Technical note
  • Received from Legislative Library late February 2017. Scanned from 28 Mar - 12 Apr. Edge of book approx 10 1/4" from front edge of scan deck. 600 dpi TIFF. 1/20; 263 ISO; Bent 5 tone. Size 10.33 x 12.95 @ 500 camera height. Cropped to 12.95 x 9.25" -- built "FourthfolioB" action in Photoshop. Metadata by KD.
DOI
Rights
  • This material is made available on this site for research and private study only.

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