Four Leaves from each of the first Four Folios

(Item #5120) Four Leaves from each of the first Four Folios. Shakespeare.
Four Leaves from each of the first Four Folios
Four Leaves from each of the first Four Folios
Four Leaves from each of the first Four Folios
Four Leaves from each of the first Four Folios
Four Leaves from each of the first Four Folios
Leaves from some of Shakespeare's most important histories, tragedies, and comedies, drawn from the very first folios collecting his work
Four Leaves from each of the first Four Folios

London: 1623, 1632, 1664 and 1685. Four folio leaves, disbound, preserved in a specially-printed folder (dated 1979). First Folio leaf trimmed at head with loss to top rule (no text affected), one wormhole glancing a letter, a little soiled, tiny patch op repair to bottom fore corner; light soiling to others with very faint dampstaining to Second Folio leaf. Overall very good.

Comprising:
1. First Folio (1623). A leaf from Richard II: f. c1 (pp. 25-26 of the Histories). This leaf prints all but the first three lines of Act I Scene 2, and almost two thirds of Act I Scene 3. These scenes include the interview between John of Gaunt and the Duchess of Gloucester, and the important scene in which Henry Bolingbroke and Thomas Mowbray prepare to enter the lists against one another, only for the King to interrupt the single combat, and to banish both of them.

2. Second Folio (1632). A leaf from Henry V: f. I4 (pp. 71-72 of the Histories). The leaf prints the latter part of Act I Scene 1. It begins with the lengthy explanation of Henry's claim to the throne of France given by the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Bishop of Ely, and then continues with the magnificent rebuke to the French ambassador (We will in France (by Gods grace) play a set, Shall strike his fathers Crowne into the hazard... His Iest will savour but of shallow wit, When thousands weepe more then did laugh at it.). The final 17 lines of this leaf are the beginning of the second Chorus: Now all the Youth of England are on fire, And silken Dalliance in the Wardrobe lyes'.

3. Third Folio (1663-4). A leaf from Antony and Cleopatra: f. Aaaa2 (pp. 825-826). This leaf prints part of Act II Scene 2, the whole of Act II Scenes 3 and 4, and a very large part of Act II Scene 5. The most notable lines in II 2 are those of Enobarbus, with his famous description of Cleopatra: The Barge she sat in, like a burnisht Throne, Burnt on the water...; 'Age cannot wither her, nor custom steal [sid Her infinite variety: other women cloy The appetites they feed, but she makes more hungry Where most she satisfies'

4. Fourth Folio (1685). A leaf from All's Well that Ends Well. f. T1 (p. 221-2). This leaf prints more than half of Act III Scene 6, all of Act III Scene 7 and Act IV Scene 1, plus about 40 lines of Act IV Scene 2.
(Item #5120)

Price: $12,500