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Shakespeare third folioShakespeare's Rare Third Folio

William Shakespeare, 1564-1616. Mr. William Shakespeares comedies, histories, and tragedies / published according to the true original copies. 3rd impression. London, Printed for Philip Chetwinde, 1663-[1664].

The First Folio, 1623, was compiled by John Heminges and Henry Condell, fellow actors in Shakespeare's company.  The Third Folio, 1663, was published by Philip Chetwinde who obtained rights to print the book by marriage. Pericles appears in the second impression of the Third Folio, 1664. The Third Folio is relatively rare since unsold copies were destroyed in the Great Fire of London in 1666.

This copy of the Third Edition has a handsome provenance, or, list of previous owners. At one time, it was owned by Rhode Island electricity, banking and manufacturing magnate Marsden J. Perry, 1850-1935, an important collector of Shakespeare. Then, the famous rare book dealer Dr. A.S.W. Rosenbach, 1876-1952, sold the copy to California Crocker fortune scion, Templeton Crocker, 1884-1948. The San Francisco book dealer John Howell sold this copy from the Estate of Templeton Crocker to Henry Posner. Posner, as a self-made entrepreneur businessman, carefully sought out interesting provenance for his acquisitions whenever he could.

Selected by DJ Schuldt, Ph.D. Candidate, Literary and Cultural Studies

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