BACON CRYPTOGRAMS IN SHAKE-SPEARE, by Isaac Hull Platt - 1905 [1st Ed., Scarce]


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Bacon Cryptograms in Shake-Speare and Other Studies

by Isaac Hull Platt 

First edition.  Boston:  Small, Maynard and Company, 1905   

Hardback is overall in VERY GOOD condition.

  • Brown paper with half cloth in cream and gilt title on cover.  Boards show age, with some stains and edgewear.  Corners are frayed, with exposed board.   
  • Spine has gilt text dimmed and is darkened, with crushed and frayed ends.
  • Binding is secure.  Slight separation at opening pp. 44-45; Please see photographs for details of condition.  
  • Pastedowns and feps are age toned and have some light staining, an owner's mark.
  • Interior is gently age-toned, has a closed tear pg 6.  Please see photos. 
  • Inside pages are free of writing and intentional marks. 
  • Text block edges are deckle.  
  • PS2022.0921

124 pages. 5 x 7.25 inches

A scarce copy of Isaac Hull Platt's contribution to the debate concerning the authorship of the Shakespearean canon.  Sir Francis Bacon was the first serious alternative candidate suggested as the author of Shakespeare's plays. The theory was first put forth in the mid-nineteenth century, based on perceived correspondences between the philosophical ideas found in Bacon’s writings and the works of Shakespeare. Later, proponents claimed to have found legal and autobiographical allusions and cryptographic ciphers and codes in the plays and poems to buttress the theory. All academic Shakespeare scholars but a few reject the arguments for Baconian authorship.  

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