SHAKESPEARE, WILLIAM. 1564-1616. Macbeth: A Tragedy. Acted at the Dukes-Theatre. London: printed for William Cademan, 1673.

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SHAKESPEARE, WILLIAM. 1564-1616.
Macbeth: A Tragedy. Acted at the Dukes-Theatre. London: printed for William Cademan, 1673.

US$ 80,000 - 120,000
£ 61,000 - 91,000
SHAKESPEARE, WILLIAM. 1564-1616.
Macbeth: A Tragedy. Acted at the Dukes-Theatre. London: printed for William Cademan, 1673.
4to (204 x 143 mm). 20th century roan, spine gilt. Staining to title and list of players, creases and tears, a few pencil scribbles and annotations.
Provenance: Charlton Heston (1923-2008) actor (his sale, Bonhams Los Angeles, March 22, 2016, lot 98).

FIRST SEPARATE AND FIRST QUARTO EDITION. THE CHARLTON HESTON COPY. Other than the present example, we trace no complete copies and only two incomplete copies in the auction records of ABPC and RareBookHub. Macbeth was first printed in the first folio of 1623, and did not appear separately until the present edition. The list of players on A2 corresponds to William Davenant's production at the Duke of York's Theatre, but the text follows that of the first folio. (Davenant's edited text appeared the following year.)

This copy was unrecorded by Bartlett and Pollard in their 1939 census of Shakespeare's plays in quarto. The census located just three copies in private hands, one of which lacked the final two leaves. Another private copy, also lacking the last two leaves, last sold at Sotheby's in 1961. Bartlett 111; Wing S-2929. Cf. Bartlett & Pollard p 131.

Charlton Heston played Macbeth on stage and on live television several times in his career, including a production at the Ahmanson Theater in 1975 opposite Vanessa Redgrave.
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SHAKESPEARE, WILLIAM. 1564-1616. Macbeth: A Tragedy. Acted at the Dukes-Theatre. London: printed for William Cademan, 1673.
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