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William Shakespeare

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. 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.




SBP-SHA1: First edition

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

Year:
ISBN:
Size: 127 x 93 mm
Pagination: 16 pp
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; quottaion from Matthew Arnold; To Mr W.H.; To the Dark Lady

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 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.

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SBP-SHA2: Second impression: Sonnets

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

Year: (December 1976)
ISBN: 0900847662
Size: 130 x 98 mm
Pagination: 16 pp
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; To Mr. W.H.; To the dark lady.

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.

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SBP-SHA3: Third impression: Sonnets

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

Year:
ISBN: none
Size: 130 x 98 mm
Pagination: 16 pp
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.

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.

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SBP-SHA4: Fourth impression: Sonnets

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

Year:
ISBN: none
Size: 130 x 98 mm
Pagination: 16 pp
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).

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 impressions of poems by Arnold, Clare and Donne.

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SBP-SHA5: Fifth impression: Sonnets

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

Year:
ISBN: none
Size: 130 x 98 mm
Pagination: 16 pp
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


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Inside rear cover