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Macbeth, a tragedy: with all the alterations, amendments, additions, and new songs...

[together with 11 other plays of the period, in one volume].

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Published: London for Hen. Herringman, 1687

Stock Code: 131682

OR On display in Exhibit


Fourth quarto edition of Macbeth, adapted by William Davenant; Davenant's version of Macbeth had first appeared in 1674 (printed twice in that year). As was common practice with play texts in the 17th century, Macbeth is here bound up with 11 other popular plays of that era, allowing it to be seen in its contemporary context.
The other plays in the volume are: PORDAGE, Samuel. Herod and Mariamne. A Tragedy. For William Cademan, 1674 Wing P2970; LEE, Nathaniel. Mithridates King of Pontus, a tragedy Robert. Everingham. for Rich. Bentley, and S. Magnes, 1685, epilogue at the end by Dryden Wing L855; MacDonald 112b, headlines slightly cropped; BANKS, John. The Unhappy Favourite: or the Earl of Essex. A Tragedy. For Richard Bentley and Mary Magnes, 1685, epilogue by Dryden Wing B664, headlines shaved; OTWAY, Thomas. The Orphan or, the Unhappy-Marriage: a Tragedy. For R. Bentley and S. Magnes, 1685, with the final advertisement leaf Wing O553, title page slightly torn, some browning and spotting to text; BANKS, John. Vertue Betray'd: or, Anna Bullen. A Tragedy For R. Bentley and M. Magnes, 1682 Wing B667, some staining; OTWAY, Thomas. Venice Preserv'd, or, A Plot Discover'd. A Tragedy for Jos. Hindmarsh, 1682 Wing 567; Pforzheimer 779, spotting, headlines shaved; DRYDEN, John. The Duke of Guise. A tragedy Robert. Everingham. for R. Bentley, 1687 Wing D2265; Macdonald 87b; RAVENSCROFT, Edward. King Edgar and Alfreda. A Tragi-Comedy. For M. Turner, 1677 Wing R331, title page torn; MOUNTFORT, William. The Successful Straingers, a Tragi-Comedy. For James Blackwell, 1690 Wing M2977, spotting; BEHN, Aphra. The False Count M. Flesher, for Jacob Tonson, 1682. Wing B1730, title page slightly torn, spotted; SHADWELL, Thomas. Bury-Fair. A Comedy For James Knapton, 1689 Wing S2836; Macdonald 260, epilogue and advertisement leaf at the end, some leaves torn, some heavy foxing.
Though without any marks other than a pencilled shelf-mark on the front free endpaper, the volume is from the library at Ombersley Court, Worcestershire, which was built in the early 18th century for the first Lord Sandys.

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Quarto, 12 plays in one volume. Contemporary panelled calf, covers decorated in blind, spine in six compartments, horizontally ruled in gilt.


Macbeth: some slight browning to text; others see below. Front joint slightly cracked, some wear to extremities.


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