Woodcut headpiece and initial. Pp. 163-184, text in two columns. 11 leaves, [N4]-Q2. Complete. 1 vols. Folio
by [Shakespeare, William]
[London, 1632. Extracted from the Second Folio. Woodcut headpiece and initial. Pp. 163-184, text in two columns. 11 leaves, [N4]-Q2. Complete. 1 vols. Folio. Twentieth-century quarter tan calf and marbled boards. Some light soiling, faint marginal smudge on last page not affecting legibility, corners rounded, a few small marginal closed tearsVery good. Extracted from the Second Folio. Woodcut headpiece and initial. Pp. 163-184, text in two columns. 11 leaves, [N4]-Q2. Complete. 1 vols. Folio. Hath a dog money? is it possible a curre should lend three thousand ducats? The Merchant of Venice from the Second Folio: the razor sharp drama of the attempt by the Jewish money-lender, Shylock, to pursue his claim against Antonio for "a pound of flesh." Shakespeare's bold and nimble-witted female character Portia speaks several memorable passages, chief among them:The quality of mercy is not strain'd,It droppeth as the gentle raine from heavenUpon the place beneath. It is twice blest,It blesseth him that gives, and him that takes,'Tis mightiest in the mightiest, it becomesThe throned Monarch better then his CrowneThe play, to this day controversial in its portrayal of Shylock, was first published in the quarto edition of 1600 and with added stage directions in the 1623 First Folio. The Second Folio, a reprint of the First, was printed by Thomas Coates for a consortium of five booksellers. Greg III 1113-116; Pforzheimer 906 (Inventory #: 310232)
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