SHAKESPEARE, WILLIAM. 1564-1616. Titus Andronicus, of the Rape of Lavinia. Acted at the Theatre Royall, A Tragedy.... London: Printed by J.B. for J. Hindmarsh, 1687.

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SHAKESPEARE, WILLIAM. 1564-1616.
Titus Andronicus, of the Rape of Lavinia. Acted at the Theatre Royall, A Tragedy.... London: Printed by J.B. for J. Hindmarsh, 1687.

US$ 4,000 - 6,000
£ 3,000 - 4,500
SHAKESPEARE, WILLIAM. 1564-1616.
Titus Andronicus, of the Rape of Lavinia. Acted at the Theatre Royall, A Tragedy.... London: Printed by J.B. for J. Hindmarsh, 1687.
4to (213 x 152 mm). Modern half calf and boards, custom green cloth box. Minor spotting, small tear to inner margin of title, ownership initials "u.G." inked on title page.
Provenance: Ralph Vallone, Jr. (bookplate).

FOURTH QUARTO EDITION AND FIRST EDITION WITH REVISIONS BY EDWARD RAVENCROFT. Ravencroft casts Shakespeare's authorship of this work in doubt in the preface, in which he states "I have been told ... that it was not originally his, but brought by a private author to be acted, and he only gave some master touches ... It seems rather a heap of Rubbish than a structure...." This raises the suggestion of co-authorship, probably with George Peele and possibly others, though scholars have argued over the authorship continuously since its first appearance in print. Bartlett 178; Wing S-2949
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SHAKESPEARE, WILLIAM. 1564-1616. Titus Andronicus, of the Rape of Lavinia. Acted at the Theatre Royall, A Tragedy.... London: Printed by J.B. for J. Hindmarsh, 1687.
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