"THIS WAS THE NOBLEST ROMAN OF THEM ALL": 1632 SECOND FOLIO PRINTING OF JULIUS CAESAR
SHAKESPEARE. The Tragedie of Julius Caesar. [Extracted from: Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies … The Second Impression]. [London: Printed by Tho. Cotes, 1632]. Folio (8-1/4 by 12-1/2 inches), period-style full black morocco, elaborately gilt-decorated spine and boards, red morocco spine label, raised bands, marbled endpapers; pp. 129-150 (11 leaves).
Scarce 1632 printing of Julius Caesar from the rare Second Folio of Shakespeare's plays, only the second printing of one of Shakespeare's greatest tragedies.
The four folios of Shakespeare are the first four editions of his collected plays, which were the only collected editions printed in the 17th century. Although Julius Caesar is thought to have been performed as early as 1599, it is one of the plays which remained unpublished until the First Folio of 1623, making this 1632 printing in the Second Folio the play's second appearance in print. (The first separate edition of the play appeared in 1684, in the quarto format.) Moreover, because the majority of First Folios are in museum collections, the Second Folio printing of Julius Caesar is virtually the earliest obtainable printing of this important play, one of Shakespeare's greatest works.
An excellent copy.