Copy-specific notes

Location   Bodleian Library Arch. G c.7
Author   Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616.
Title   Mr. William Shakespeares comedies, histories, & tragedies. : Published according to the true originall copies..
Imprint   London : Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed. Blount [at the charges of W. Iaggard, Ed. Blount, I. Smithweeke, and W. Aspley]., 1623..
Description   [18], 303, [1], 46, 49-100, [2], 69-232, [2], 79-80, [26], 76, 79-82, 80-98, [2], 109-156, 257-993 [i.e. 399], [1] p. ; fol.
Binding   Seventeenth-century (1624) English (Oxford) smooth calf. Bound for the Bodleian Library by William Wildgoose, with evidence of two cloth ties, red sprinkled edge. Formerly chained, with evidence of chain staple at the head of the upper cover. Remains of paper label at the head of the spine. Enclosed in 20th century book box by Maltby of Oxford. See S. Gibson in Original Bodleian Copy of First Folio, p. 12-13. One of four items sent out on 17th February 1624 for binding by Wildgoose containing printed waste from a copy of Cicero’s "De Officiis, et al." [Deventer: Richard Pafraet, between 1480 and 1485] as paste-downs. For more information on this work see: Bod. Inc. Cat., C-322.
Note   Described in Bodleian Pre-1920 catalogue as "Mr. William Shakespeares comedies, histories & tragedies, publ. according to the true originall copies [by J. Heminge and H. Condell. The Bodleian copyright copy in a contemporary binding. Wanting the 1st leaf ’To the reader’]." There is no definitive evidence from Library Records that this copy came to the LIbrary as part of the agreement with the Stationer’s Company, although it is reasonable to suppose this was the case.
  "The Bodleian First Folio ... afforded a unique answer to the question, which Plays were most popular in the eyes of the generation before the Civil War; inasmuch as the volume was thumbed and worn in varying degrees by the young university graduates at the time, while it was chained in the Library, and not after it was parted with. Careful investigation shows that the most widely read play was Romeo and Juliet, then The Tempest, Henry IV part I, Macbeth and Cymbeline"--Bodleian Quarterly Record, (Oxford, 1917) v.2, p.26.
  The portrait is the second state.
  For a full discussion of this copy and the digital version see and West and Rasmussen (2011), 31.
Imperfections   Lacks A1, the letterpress frontispiece entitled "To the reader". The title page is trimmed and mounted, with a section of the mount towards the foot of the leaf mutilated resulting in the loss of some the Droechout imprint at the bottom left hand corner of the portrait and the central section of an early MS note. For a full conditon report, including a full survey of damage and repairs, please contact Rare Books.
MS additions   Two MS verses on first endpaper verso: 1. 9 lines of verse by an unknown author, first line reads "An active swain to make a leap was seen". 2. A copy of Ben Jonson’s printed "To the Reader"; MS note on t.p. (mutilated) appears to read "Honest [Shakes]peare". Minor annotations on leaf 2n4 (Macbeth). All in an early English hand, presumably added after leaving the Library.
Provenance name   Turbutt, Richard, 1689-1758.
  Turbutt, William, 1738-1817.
  Turbutt, William, 1768-1836.
  Turbutt, Gladwyn.
  Turbett, William Gladwyn, 1853-1911.
  Wildgoose, William, binder.
Provenance note   Acquired by the Bodleian in early 1624, presumably in sheets. It was sent out to William Wildgoose on 17 February 1624 for binding (see: Library Records e.258, fol., 48r) and upon its return chained in Duke Humfrey at shelfmark S 2.17 Art. It is listed in the Bodleian’s 1635 catalogue of printed books but was gone by the publication of the next catalogue in 1674, replaced by the newer Third Folio (1664). There is no explicit reference in Library Records to the disposal of this copy, but there is a record of a sale of "superfluous library books" to Richard Davis, a bookseller in Oxford, in 1664 for the sum of £24.
  After leaving the Bodleian this copy entered the collection of Richard Turbutt of Ogston Hall, Derbyshire at some point in the early 18th century. It stayed in the family’s possession until 1906, when it was reacquired by the Bodleian for the sum of £3000, raised by public subscription. For a full discussion of the rediscovery and purchase of this copy see: F. Madan, G. M. R. Turbutt and S. Gibson, The Original Bodleian Copy of the First Folio of Shakespeare (theTurbutt Shakespeare) (Oxford, 1905)
Previous shelfmark   S 2.17 Art. [first Bodleian shelfmark, 1624-1664?]
  Arch. F c.13 [superscript z?] [second Bodleian shelfmark, 1906-?]
Size   349 x 323 mm.