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The Merchant of Venice

Second Folio



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The Merchant of Venice from William Shakespeare’s second folio edition, published by Thomas Cotes in 1632.

Folio, 163pp-184pp. Quarter calf, title in gilt on spine, raised bands, brown marbled boards. Printed in double column with a woodcut headpiece. Clean text block throughout, with a handful of marks in pencil. Occasional light spotting and staining, no impact to text. Final leaf of text [183-184] has paper restoration to tear along fore edge. Some loss of text to Page 183 from restoration.

(Pforzheimer 906) (Jaggard 496) (Greg III: 1113-1116) (STC 22274a)

The second folio of William Shakespeare’s plays was published in 1632 and contained 36 plays in total. It followed the first folio, which was published in 1623. It is estimated that approximately 1000 copies of the second folio were produced, with only a handful of complete examples still in existence today.

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Printed by Tho. Cotes


Second Folio

Date Published



Quarter Leather


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