[SHAKESPEARE, WILLIAM. 1564-1616.] [Apocryphal play.] The first part of the true & honorable history, of the life of Sir John Old-Castle, the good Lord Cobham ... by William Shakespeare. London: [W. Jaggard] for T[homas] P[avier], 1600 [but 1619].

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[SHAKESPEARE, WILLIAM. 1564-1616.]
[Apocryphal play.] The first part of the true & honorable history, of the life of Sir John Old-Castle, the good Lord Cobham ... by William Shakespeare. London: [W. Jaggard] for T[homas] P[avier], 1600 [but 1619].

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[SHAKESPEARE, WILLIAM. 1564-1616.]
[Apocryphal play.] The first part of the true & honorable history, of the life of Sir John Old-Castle, the good Lord Cobham ... by William Shakespeare. London: [W. Jaggard] for T[homas] P[avier], 1600 [but 1619].
4to (179 x 127 mm). Woodcut printer's device on title. 19th-century red morocco gilt by McKenzie. First gathering and a few other places with marginal repairs touching text, trimmed closely touching a few headlines, binding with rubbing to joints and edges.
Provenance: George Steevens (1736-1800), Shakespearean scholar and editor (his name on title); Lord Vernon, bookplate (his sale, Sotheby's London, 12 June 1918, to Quaritch); Rosenbach Company (English Plays to 1700 [Philadelphia: 1940], item 461).

Second edition of this apocryphal play, and the first to carry Shakespeare's name on the title, but not his work. First published anonymously in 1600. The play is inspired by Shakespeare's Henry IV Part I, and one of a series of Shakespearean plays issued by Thomas Pavier in 1619 mostly printed with fictitious dates. In 1664 it was one of the seven dramas added to the Third Folio, using the Pavier quarto for the text. The diary of Philip Henslowe, a valuable source of information on the theatrical history of the period, records that the play was written by Anthony Munday, Michael Drayton, Richard Hathwaye and Robert Wilson. Pavier is best remembered for his collaboration with William Jaggard in the "False Folio" affair. They published ten Shakespearean and pseudo-Shakespearean plays in quarto editions, some (as the above) with falsified dates. STC 18796; Greg 166b; Barlett 144; See Henslowe's Diary, edited by Walter W. Greg (London: 1904), p 113.
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