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Carr did not indicate in his History of the QTP how many impressions of the work of William Shakespeare (1564-1616) he had published, which is usually taken to mean only one, but I think that was an omission as it was one of the first small books that Carr published. All impressions contain the same sonnets but there are three different covers, at least. The last three covers are the same but they are different internally; the last two impressions are printed on different colour paper and use different colour type face.


(Last updated on 22/11/2020)



SBP-SHA1: First edition


Title: Sonnets William Shakespeare

Publisher: J.L. Carr Publisher, 27 Mill Dale Road, Kettering

Year:

ISBN:

Size: 127 x 93 mm

Pages: 16

Staples: 1

Binding: White glossy printed card

Paper: White

Editor: (J.L. Carr)

Cover artist: (J.L. Carr)

Internal illustrations: None

Number in series: not stated

Colophon: Sun face with address and phone number

Telephone number: Kettering 4995

Printing history: None stated

Number of other titles listed: 15

Printed by: Harry Richardson

Content: Short biography; quotation from Matthew Arnold. Poems: To Mr W.H.; To the Dark Lady

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Rear and front covers (click to enlarge)


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Inside rear cover (click to enlarge)


Notes: I was right: I suspected that the first edition listed 15 titles and was printed by Harry Richardson. I found this 50-year-old copy in imacculate condition in June 2020. It is probably not the impression that was given an ISBN, which is the next, as the first 15 titles were all published in the early 1970s.




SBP-SHA2: Second impression: Sonnets


Title: William Shakespeare Sonnets

Publisher: J.L. Carr Publisher, 27 Mill Dale Road, Kettering

Year: (December 1976)

ISBN: 0900847662

Size: 130 x 98 mm

Pages: 16

Staples: two

Binding: white printed matt card covers

Paper: white

Editor: (J.L. Carr)

Cover artist: (J.L. Carr on rear cover)

Internal illustrations: none

Number in series: not stated

Colophon: house

Telephone number: none given

Printing history: none stated

Number of other titles listed: 27

Printed by: not stated

Content: Brief biography; facsimile signature; Quotation from Matthew Arnold. Poems: To Mr. W.H.; To the dark lady.

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Rear and front covers (click to enlarge)


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Inside rear cover (click to enlarge)


Notes: This is presumed to be the second impression, published in 1976 and given an ISBN. It list 28 other titles whereas the first editions of earlier poems, such as the first impressions of Flecker and Arnold, list Shakespeare among only 15 other titles.




SBP-SHA3: Third impression: Sonnets


Title: Sonnets. Master William Shakespeare. Poet

Publisher: J.L. Carr Publisher, 27 Mill Dale Road, Kettering

Year:

ISBN: none

Size: 130 x 98 mm

Pages: 16

Staples: one

Binding: white printed matt card covers

Paper: white

Editor: (J.L. Carr)

Cover artist: (J.L. Carr on front cover)

Internal illustrations: decorations at top and bottom of each page

Number in series: not stated

Colophon: house

Telephone number: none given

Printing history: none stated

Number of other titles listed: 32

Printed by: Seddon Packaging and Print Limited, Dryden Street, Kettering

Content: (To Mr. W.H.); To the dark lady; drawing by Carr on last page about the identity of Mr W.H. and the dark lady.

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Rear and front covers (click to enlarge)


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Inside rear cover (click to enlarge)


Notes: Carr revised the cover design for this impression, but the content remained the same. Seddon Packaging also printed the first edition of George Mackley.




SBP-SHA4: Fourth impression: Sonnets


Title: Sonnets. Master William Shakespeare. Poet

Publisher: J.L. Carr Publisher, 27 Mill Dale Road, Kettering

Year:

ISBN: none

Size: 130 x 98 mm

Pages: 16

Staples: two

Binding: white printed matt card covers

Paper: black type on white paper

Editor: (J.L. Carr)

Cover artist: (J.L. Carr on front cover)

Internal illustrations: decorations at top and bottom of each page

Number in series: 50

Colophon: house

Telephone number: (0536) 514995

Printing history: none stated

Number of other titles listed: none

Printed by: not stated

Content: (To Mr. W.H.); To the dark lady; O mistress mine; Seals of love; drawing by Carr about the identity of Mr W.H. and the dark lady moved to inside the rear cover (see left).

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Rear and front covers (click to enlarge)


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Inside rear cover (click to enlarge)


Notes: This and the next impression were numbered 50 in the series but an impression of Shakespeare was among the first 15 titles published as it is listed with 14 others in the first editions of poems by Arnold, Clare and Donne.




SBP-SHA5: Fifth impression: Sonnets


Title: Sonnets. Master William Shakespeare. Poet

Publisher: J.L. Carr Publisher, 27 Mill Dale Road, Kettering

Year:

ISBN: none

Size: 130 x 98 mm

Pages: 16

Staples: two

Binding: white printed matt card covers

Paper: green type on cream paper

Editor: (J.L. Carr)

Cover artist: (J.L. Carr on front cover)

Internal illustrations: decorations at top and bottom of each page

Number in series: 50

Colophon: house

Telephone number: (0536) 514995

Printing history: none stated

Number of other titles listed: 28

Printed by: not stated

Content: Brief biography; facsimile signature; Quotation from Matthew Arnold; To Mr. W.H.; To the dark lady.

Notes: See notes for impression above.

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Rear and front covers (click to enlarge)


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Inside rear cover (click to enlarge)