William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream, 1600 [1619] - bookplate

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Date:1600

Description:An owner’s bookplate in a Shakespeare ‘quarto’.

The ownership of books is frequently indicated by a label or ‘bookplate’ created for an individual owner. The label of the poet Frederick Locker (1821-1895) has a coat-of-arms above a seated fool with the motto ‘Fear God, Fear Nought’. Above is the more ‘workman-like’ label used to identify books in the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust collections from the early twentieth-century onwards.
Full title: William Shakespeare, A midsommer nights dreame. As it hath beene sundry times publikely acted, Written by William Shakespeare. [London], Printed by James Roberts, 1600. [i.e. William Jaggard for Thomas Pavier, 1619].


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1590s
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1630s
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