There is a proof for the Hamlet volume marked 'Rough Advance Proof' in the John Johnson Collection at the Bodleian Library. Of this proof several copies are in existence, and all show small deviations from the final pages.
The title page of the final edition has an ornament placed between (or after) some of the words in the title.
|The Tragedy of Hamlet Prince of Denmark (1900)|
|The Tragedy of Hamlet Prince of Denmark (proof, 1899)|
|The Tragedy of Hamlet Prince of Denmark (proof 1899)|
|The Tragedy of Hamlet Prince of Denmark (proof 1899) and final text (1900, below)|
In the final text the opening page displays a slight difference between the words Act I in the left margin and the first text line with the words 'SCENE I.' The marginal note is placed somewhat higher than the line of the text.
In the proof they were lining and placed exactly on the same height. Apparently, Ricketts was not pleased with this, and after correcting this, every opening page of The Vale Shakespeare (39 volumes) would display the same slight line difference.