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The Life and Death of King John. William SHAKESPEARE.
The Life and Death of King John

The Life and Death of King John

London: Printed by Tho. Cotes, 1632. Folio. (12 1/8 x 8 1/2 inches). 1-22pp.

Expertly bound to style in panelled calf, covers tooled in blind, upper cover lettered in gilt

From Shakespeare's Second Folio.

Shakespeare's famed four folios comprise the first four editions of his collected plays, all printed in the 17th century. The Second Folio of 1632, like the First Folio of 1623, contains 36 plays. It is estimated that fewer than 1000 copies of the Second Folio were printed and fewer than 200 copies are in existence today. "The Life and Death of King John" tells the story of King John, who reigned from 1199 to 1216. John seized the throne from his nephew Arthur, and goes to war with France after refusing the prior King's demand that Arthur assume his position. Thus both militaries and families battle to the end in this timeless play. The Shakespeare Folios have "an aura of book magic about them. For a bibliophile it is a volume devoutly to be wished for and rarely attained; to a library it is a crowning jewel of a collection. Shakespeare, indeed, is a name to conjure with. No lengthy explanations are needed; he is simply the most distinguished author in the English language" (Wolf).

STC 22274a. Pforzheimer 906. Greg III, 1113-1116. Jaggard, 496; Wolf, Legacies of Genius 36.

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