Median 2o (321 x 218 mm). Collation: A6 *4 2A-Z, Aa-Bb6 Cc2; a-y6; aa-zz aaa-ccc6 ddd4. 454 leaves: COMPLETE. Roman and italic types, larger cursive for headings, various romans and italics in the preliminaries. Double column, 66 lines, headlines and catchwords, pages box-ruled, woodcut head- and tail-pieces and initials, Shakespeare's portrait in third state, as usual. ("To the Reader" and final leaf inlaid, title inlaid and with several letters in imprint in printed facsimile, small rusthole on I1 not affecting letters, N2 with lower corner renewed and extreme outer border in pen facsimile, N5 with repaired tear crossing 5 lines of text affecting several letters, T2 and Z3-4, e4, dd1, yy4, zz4 with small rustholes touching several letters, l4 with internal repair with portion of border supplied in ink facsimile, gg1 with upper inner corner renewed, pale stain on x2 upper corners of rr1-2 renewed, rr3 with triangular marginal repair with loss of several words, ccc5 with repaired tear crossing five lines of text, a few other pale stains and occasional pale foxmarks, heavier on final leaf.) 19th-century diced russia gilt, edges gilt, by Hering (some light rubbing to spine, spine slightly darkened). Provenance: John William Pease (bookplate); Howard Pease (bookplate). SECOND FOLIO EDITION, second issue, of the second collected edition of Shakespeare's plays, known as the Second Folio. It was shared by the five publishers listed in the colophon (John Smethwick, William Aspley, Richard Hawkins, Richard Meighen, and Robert Allot), all of whom were proprietors of rights to one or more of the plays. Robert Allot took the largest interest in the edition (STC 22274 and 22274a, the present issue), which his widow assigned to John Legat the younger and Andrew Crooke the elder in 1637, who were responsible for subsequent issues of the edition circa 1641. The Second Folio contains JOHN MILTON'S FIRST APPEARANCE IN PRINT: an epitaph on Shakespeare in 16 verses, incipit: "What neede my Shakespeare for his honour'd bones"; appears on the same page A5r as "Upon the Effigies" in eight verses, incipit: "Spectator, this Lifes Shaddow is; To see." The inner forme containing these two poems is recorded in several states (in this copy: "Comick" in line 3, "Laugh" in line 4, "passions" with ligatured double-s in line 6 of the "Effigies" poem); the outer forme contains the title (A2r), whose setting varies according to the publisher in the imprint. Like its predecessor, from which the edition was set page-for-page, the Second Folio has survived in relatively numerous copies, but it is now rarely found in early bindings. Greg III:1116; Pforzheimer 906; STC 22274a; W.B. Todd. "The Issues and States of the Second Folio and Milton's Epitaph," in: Studies in Bibliography V (1952-53), pp 81-108.