SHAKESPEARE, WILLIAM. 1564-1616.
Julius Caesar: a Tragedy as it is now Acted at the Theatre Royal. London: Henry Herringman, 1691. A4 B-H4 (wanting blank A4). , 60 pp. 4to (210 x 160 mm). 19th century half vellum. Toned, wormhole at upper gutter of many leaves repaired touching a few letters.
The second quarto edition. Julius Caesar was one of the twenty plays which made their first appearance in the 1623 First Folio. Of these, three were issued in quarto format during the 17th century: The Taming of the Shrew, Macbeth, and Julius Caesar.
The first quarto Julius Caesar appeared in 1684. Bartlett placed four undated quartos between this and the present 1691 edition (making this the sixth). However, more recently Wing gave priority to this edition, placing the undated editions c.1695. (A spurious undated edition placed c.1688 by NYPL appears in ESTC, but is almost certainly Wing S2925.)
Finally, there are two 1691 issues, with differences in the imprint; the present copy is the first issue. Bartlett 117 ("Sixth edition"); Pforzheimer 886 ("Sixth(?) edition"); Wing S2922A (listing this as the second quarto edition).