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Shakespeare William

Published by London for H. Herringman, E. Brewster, and R. Bentley 1685 (1685)

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Item Description: London for H. Herringman, E. Brewster, and R. Bentley 1685, 1685. The fourth folio edition of Shakespeare's plays, the title-page is in first state, without Chiswell’s name in the imprint. Portrait frontispiece after Martin Droeshout with ten line poem by Ben Johnson entitled ‘to the reader’ beneath. Woodcut printer’s device on titlepage (McKerrow 263) and decorative woodcut initials. Large folio (347x225mm), bound in very handsome 19th century full brown paneled morocco, the think boards paneled in double-ruled blind and with blind stamped corner pieces, the spine with tall raised bands ruled in blind, the compartments each with a central gilt leaf device, one compartment gilt lettered, turn-ins beautifully gilt tooled, endpapers marbled, a.e.g. [12], 272, [2], 328, 303, [1]. A wonderful copy, in all very fresh and handsomely presented, the binding with only the most minor evidence of age, very minor scattered light foxing or staining, seven leaves supplied from a slightly shorter copy (D1, 2G3 & 4, 3E4 & 5, 4B5 & 6), closed 2 inch tear to M1 neatly repaired, top corner of XX6 and outside edge of S4 with minor restoration. RARE AND IMPORTANT SHAKESPEARE FOLIO, the beautiful FOURTH folio printing of Shakespeare’s plays. Considered the stateliest and most handsome of the four folios, it was printed on Royal stock larger then the third folio which was in turn larger then the first and second. It also employed a new larger type and wider spacing. The Fourth was the first folio edition to be printed including the seven spurious plays, although folio sets of the seven plays had been printed for insertion in the second issue of the third folio. It was the last edition printed in the 17th century and the last printed before the editorial endeavors of the 18th. It is especially desirable and rare in a contemporary binding with fine gilt work. A Shakespeare folio is one of the most desirable books to a collector of literature. Shakespeare is far more then England’s most famous playwrite. His effect on vernacular English is only matched by that of Geoffrey Chaucer. Our modern way speaking, and therefore thinking, has been more heavily influenced by Shakespeare then most of us may realize. From the way we sign our Valentine’s cards to the way we insult our enemies, Shakespeare is everywhere. The first folio is now considered impossible for the private collector as virtually all copies are now in institutions. The third has been considered rare for centuries as the majority of copies printed were destroyed in the fire of London. The opportunity to purchase any of the folio editions in fully contemporary bindings, especially ones with such as small degree of later sophistication, is a very scarce occurrence. Bookseller Inventory # 25126

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The Second Folio: Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies.: SHAKESPEARE, WILLIAM

SHAKESPEARE, WILLIAM

Published by London: by Tho. Cotes, for Robert Allot, 1632 (1632)

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Item Description: London: by Tho. Cotes, for Robert Allot, 1632, 1632. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. 1st Edition. A handsome and COMPLETE copy of the SECOND FOLIO, FIRST ISSUE, FIRST STATE OF THE IMPRINT [Todd 1a]. This is the second edition of Shakespeare’s collected plays, “incomparably the greatest work in the English language” (Jackson, Pforzheimer Catalogue). The Second Folio includes John Milton’s “An Epitaph on the admirable Dramaticke Poet, W. Shakespeare,” the author’s first appearance in print. There are five variants of the first issue, three substituting the names and addresses of other publishers for Allott’s. “These publishers were all proprietors of one or more of the copyrights of Shakespeare’s plays,” observes Jackson, “but their interests were much less than Allott’s and consequently the proportion of copies issued with their names in the imprint was much smaller.” All the variants have the same colophon: “Printed at London by Thomas Cotes, for John Smethwick, William Aspley, Richard Hawkins, Richard Meighen, and Robert Allot, 1632.” Folio. Title with engraved portrait by Martin Droeshout. “To the Reader” inlaid with some pen-and-ink facsimile, title restored and laid down, four preliminaries following the title rehinged, final leaf laid down. Occasional staining, some repairs, several leaves washed, some margins shaved close to rule. Finely bound in crimson morocco gilt, a.e.g., by Riviere. Half morocco case. Provenance: Sotheby’s, June 5, 1944, to William Foyle for £230; The Library of William Foyle, Christie’s 11-13 July 2000, lot 454. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-3512653230195369248

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Mr. William Shakespeare's Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies.: Shakespeare, William

Shakespeare, William

Published by Printed for H. Herringman, and are to be sold by Joseph Knight and Francis Saunders, London (1685)

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Item Description: Printed for H. Herringman, and are to be sold by Joseph Knight and Francis Saunders, London, 1685. First edition of the Fourth Folio of Shakespeare. Bound in full brown morocco, elaborately gilt-decorated spine. The fourth folio is the final and most magnificent of the four 17th-century folio editions of Shakespeare's plays. The Fourth Folio "contains the additional seven plays that first appeared in the 1663 edition [including the authentic Pericles, Prince of Tyre], as well as a good deal of correction and modernization of the text designed to make it easier to read and understand" (Folger's Choice). Old paper repair to verso of title-page, several other very minor paper repairs. Some browning and minimal staining, a very good example. As in some other copies, as Greg notes, number of errors in signatures have been corrected in manuscript, presumably at the time of publication. Although there is no accurate census of the number of folios still extant today, it is believed that copies of each printing number only in the hundreds. The rarest form of the fourth folio. This is the rare Knight and Saunders issue, with their names on the title-page. W. W. Greg observes, "Since the title is entirely reset it is presumably a cancel printed after the volume was complete and perhaps republished, and designed for those copies that Herringman chose to issue through his own booksellers" (Greg III, 1121). In 1684, Herringman turned over the retail side of his business to Francis Saunders and his partner Joseph Knight. Fourth Folios almost invariably bear the imprints "Herringman-Brewster-Bentley" or "Herringman-Brewster-Chiswell-Bentley." The Shakespeare Folios "have an aura of book magic about them. For a bibliophile it is a volume devoutly to be wished for and rarely attained; to a library it is a crowning jewel of a collection Shakespeare, indeed, is a name to conjure with. No lengthy explanation as a good deal of corres are needed; he is simply the most distinguished author in the English language" (Legacies of Genius, 36). Bookseller Inventory # 5605

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Shakespeare, William

Published by Printed by Andrew Clark, for J. Martyn, and H. Herringman, London (1676)

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Item Description: Printed by Andrew Clark, for J. Martyn, and H. Herringman, London, 1676. First Davenant edition, Greg's first issue with 4-line imprint, and sixth 4to edition. [iv], 88 pp.; [A]^2 B-M^4. 1 vols. 4to. The Davenant Edition of Hamlet. The first edition of Sir William Davenant's edition of Hamlet. Davenant (1606-1668) - poet, playwright and theater manager - was "the man mainly responsible for the return of Shakespeare's plays to the London stage at the Restoration" (ODNB). His father John Davenant was a devotee of Shakespeare, and the playwright purportedly stood as Davenant's godfather at his baptism. The first performance in 1661 of Davenant's edited version of Hamlet - with lines cut and supposed obscure language clarified and adapted to contemporary tastes - starred the great Shakespearean actors Thomas Betterton in the title role and Mary Saunderson as Ophelia (Davenant pioneered the use of female actors in female roles). Betterton could trace his performance back to Shakespeare, as Davenant instructed his actor to model his performance on Taylor of the Blackfriars, who was instructed by Shakespeare himself. Pepys was in the audience for the opening and remarked in his Diary for 24 August 1661 "? and then straight to the Opera, and there saw 'Hamlet, Prince of Denmark,' done with scenes very well, but above all, Betterton did the prince's part beyond imagination." The "Opera" is Duke's Playhouse, Lincoln's Inn Fields, established by Davenant in 1661 and featuring the first use of moveable scenery and a proscenium arch.Davenant's edition is the sixth 4to edition of Hamlet overall and one of the only early editions still obtainable on the market. Bartlett 84; Greg I, 197(i); Wing S-2950; ESTC R17530 Full brown calf in period style, covers ruled in gilt to a panel design with gilt-stamped tulips at outer corners of center panel, spine in six compartments with raised bands, red morocco spine label in one, the rest tooled in gilt with small floral device. Repair to lower outer corner of [A]1, small paper repairs to worming at gutter of B1-E2, two early marginal notes on M3r [iv], 88 pp.; [A]^2 B-M^4. 1 vols. 4to First Davenant edition, Greg's first issue with 4-line imprint, and sixth 4to edition. Bookseller Inventory # 303350

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Shakespeare, William

Published by The Shakespeare Head Press, Stratford-on-Avon (1906)

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Item Description: The Shakespeare Head Press, Stratford-on-Avon, 1906. Ten quarto volumes. This set is one of only twelve printed on pure vellum with a frontispiece illustration in each volume. It represents a monumental undertaking, which took four years to complete and consumed about 250 sheets for each of the twelve copies printed on vellum. The Shakespeare Head Press was founded by A. H. Bullen, who had the idea of printing the complete works of Shakespeare at Stratford-on-Avon as the result of a dream in which he was presented with a set of Shakespeare's works while visiting the town. This is the first edition of Shakespeare to have been published in Stratford and the first major publication of the Press. Although other Shakespeare Head Press sets printed on vellum regularly appear on the market, the Shakespeare is very difficult to obtain: the last copy on vellum to come to auction was in 1960. Volumes I and II are lacking the silk fore-edge ties, spine lettering a trifle rubbed on volume VI, else a fine copy in creamy full limp vellum stamped in gilt. (Tomkinson p. 229, Ransom p. 9). Bookseller Inventory # 23261

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A Collection of Prints, From Pictures Painted: John Boydell; William

John Boydell; William Shakespeare

Published by London: John and Josiah Boydell, 1803 (1803)

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Item Description: London: John and Josiah Boydell, 1803, 1803. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. No Jacket. 1st Edition. Elephant folio, 70*52cm, wt: 17kg. Original full leather binding, elaborately gilt-decorated boards and spines, all edges gilt. With engraved frontispieces and vignettes for each volume and 96 full-page copperplate engravings (totaling 100 engravings) after works by the most eminent English artists, including Reynolds, Romney, Smirke, Stothard, Fuseli and Westall. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-13693951099

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The Poems of William Shakespeare: SHAKESPEARE, WILLIAM

SHAKESPEARE, WILLIAM

Published by Kelmscott Press, Middlesex (1893)

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Item Description: Kelmscott Press, Middlesex, 1893. Leather. Book Condition: Fine. 1st of This Edition. Limited to 510 copies of which this is one of 500 on paper. Printed in red and black with ornamental borders and initials. Finely bound in full olive green morocco with inlays of green and brown leather with ornate gilt work of floral and pontille design. Spine compartments of green and brown and panels of similar gilt. Housed in a full green leather clamshell box signed by the binder Bayntun-Riviere. One of the more popular books of this celebrated press it is rare thus and, in a near contemporary fine binding, a most desirable and lovely object. Size: Octavo. Bookseller Inventory # 17301

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CORDELIA. An Original Watercolour. Illustrating William Shakespeare's: Rackham, Arthur; William

Rackham, Arthur; William Shakespeare

Published by Later published by J. M. Dent. (1909)

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Item Description: Later published by J. M. Dent., 1909. Pen, Ink and Watercolour on Paper. 19.5cm x 12cm. Signed and dated within the image to the upper left corner. Mounted, framed and glazed. In fine condition. With the original 1909 Leicester Galleries exhibition labels to the backboard. The printed illustration appears opposite page 118 of the J. M. Dent published first edition of The Tales Of Shakespeare. A beautiful illustration of Cordelia, the honourable and beloved youngest daughter of King Lear. Further details and images for any of the items listed are available on request. Lucius Books welcomes direct contact with our customers. Bookseller Inventory # 11085

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From the library of actor Charlton Heston: SHAKESPEARE, William

SHAKESPEARE, William

Published by Isaac Jaggard, Edward Blount and others, London (1623)

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Item Description: Isaac Jaggard, Edward Blount and others, London, 1623. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. Folio - over 12 - 15" tall. San Francisco: printed by the Grabhorn Press for David Magee, 1935. Folio (370 x 247 mm). [30] pp. With an original leaf from each of the four folios tipped in; and facsimiles of the titles of the four folios. The original leaves contained are: First Folio: Henry the Eighth, pp. 229-230; Second Folio: Henry the Eighth, pp. 213-214; Third Folio: Richard the Third, pp 203-204; Fourth Folio: Richard the Third, pp. 195-196. Red morocco and marbled paper over boards, spine lettered in gilt. One of 65 copies (this one unnumbered) issued on Whatman paper. The text bright and clean, the original folio leaves little browned with light occasional spotting. Provenance: Amercian actor Charlton Heston* (1923-2008). A fine copy with excellent leaves of one of the most desirable leaf books. * Charlton Heston played Shakespeare's tragedies and historical dramas on stage and in movies on several occasions. He teamed up with David Bradley in the late 1940s to produce the first sound version of William Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar", in which he played Mark Antony. In 1948, Heston was offered a supporting role in a Broadway revival of "Antony and Cleopatra", starring Katharine Cornell. Later in 1972, he directed the movie "Antony and Cleopatra" where he played Mark Antony again. His most frequent stage roles included the title role in Macbeth. Regarding the original leaves of the historic plays "Richard III" and "Henry VIII" from Shakespeare's Folios contained in this copy, it must be mentioned that Heston played Sir Thomas More in "A Man for All Seasons" in several regional productions in the 1970s and 1980s. He regarded "A Man for All Seasons" as the best play of the 20th century and called it the most rewarding experience - apart from Shakespeare - that he'd ever had on the stage (Charlton Heston, Actor's Life, p. 230). Bookseller Inventory # 002414

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William Shakespeare; Alexander Pope

Published by Jacob Tonson c. 1723-1725., London (1723)

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Item Description: Jacob Tonson c. 1723-1725., London, 1723. Edition : 1st Pope Edition & 7th edition of Shakespeare?s wo, Recent full blind-tooled alternating calf panels, speckled calf centerpiece panel encased within marbled calf panel border with blind lines and blind-tooled floral border and blind floral cornerpieces, surrounded by outer speckled calf panel, spine in six compartments of blind-tooled bands and gilt floral motifs, gilt green and red morocco labels on two and four, gilt text on six, edges speckled red, endpapers renewed. , Printed in large font, nicely margined. Alexander Pope is considered one of the greatest English poets of the eighteenth century. Although he had been writing poetry since the age of 12, his first major contribution to the literary world is considered to be An Essay on Criticism, which was published in 1711 when he was 23. This was followed by The Rape of the Lock (1712, revised 1714), his most popular poem; Eloisa to Abelard and Elegy to the Memory of an Unfortunate Lady (1717); and several shorter works, of which perhaps the best are the epistles to Martha Blount. From 1715 to 1720, he worked on a translation of Homer's Iliad. Encouraged by the very favourable reception of this translation, Pope translated the Odyssey (1725-1726) with William Broome and Elijah Fenton. In this period Pope also brought out an edition of Shakespeare, which silently "regularised" his metre and rewrote his verse in several places. From Pope?s preface: ?If ever any author deserved the name of an original, it was Shakespear?The poetry of Shakespear was inspiration indeed: he is not so much an imitator, as an instrument, of nature; and tis not to so just to say that he speaks from her, as that she speaks thro? him?, Size : 4to, With frontispiece portrait of Shakespeare (engraved by G. Vertue), volume one title page in red and black inks. Elaborate engraved headpieces, tailpieces and initials throughout., Volume : Six volumes., References : Bateson II 300; Jaggard 498, P. Volume 1. frontis, title, blank, preface i-xxiv, Account of Shakespear xxv-xli, (1), poem (3), subscriber list (7), title, contents, half-title, 2-563; Volume 2. title, contents, half-title, 4-656; Volume 3. title, contents, half-title, 1-499; Volume 4. title, contents, half-title, 4-547, epilogue (1); Volume 5. title, contents, half-title, 4-599; Volume 6. title, contents, half-title, blank, prologue, 6-591, blank, index (31), blank, table (4). Printed in large font, nicely margined. Some browning and offsetting otherwise a very good set in attractive binding. Bookseller Inventory # B1862

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GIELGUD, Sir John]. SHAKESPEARE.

Published by Im Inselverlag. MDCCCCXIII, Leipzig (1913)

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Item Description: Im Inselverlag. MDCCCCXIII, Leipzig, 1913. 1st Edition. [GIELGUD, Sir John]. SHAKESPEARE. HAMLET. Prinz Von Daenmark. Mit 16 Lictdrucktafeln nach den Lithographieen von Eugene Delacroix. First Edition Thus. Large Folio [13 inches wide by 18 inches tall]. Limited edition of 100 numbered copies on Van Gelder paper, this being copy Number 41. Full morocco, the spine elaborately decorated in gilt, front panel titled in gilt, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers. A very nice example. Presentation copy from Elisabeth Bergner to Sir John Gielgud. A preliminary blank bears an inscription presenting the Book to Bergner in Berlin, 1927, underneath this is an inscription which simply reads: "To John / from Elisabeth / London, Christmas 1973". Elisabeth Bergner (1900, Vienna -1986, London). Famous early German stage actress & film star, made her stage debut in Zurich in 1919, appeared in Vienna, Munich, Berlin, & later on Broadway. Big break in 1924 with stage production of Shaw's Saint Joan. Bergner made several films from 1933 in England & France. Her film Catherine the Great [1934] was banned in Germany for featuring "émigré Jews." At the height of her career, she was called by Alexander Woolcott, "probably the ablest actress living today". Nominated for an Oscar in 1935 for her performance in ESCAPE ME NEVER. A British Citizen since 1938. Sir John Gielgud's copy - completely appropriate & intriguing as Gielgud's career was distinguished by his numerous performances as Hamlet. An important association copy, inscribed to Gielgud from a close friend & important actress. Signed. Bookseller Inventory # 20776

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Shakespeare

Published by Veuve Duchesne et autres puis Mérigot, Paris (1776)

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Item Description: Veuve Duchesne et autres puis Mérigot, Paris, 1776. Couverture Rigide Époque. Book Condition: Bon. Dust Jacket Condition: Très bon. 1ère Édition. In-8. Shakespeare traduit de l'anglais dédié au Roi Par M. Le Tourneur ~ Oeuvres complètes 20 volumes ~ Paris : Veuve Duchesne et autres puis Mérigot, 1776-1782. 20 volumes in-8° d'environ 500 pages chacun. soit10 000 pages ~ Peu courante reliure verte cartonnée époque révolutionaire, dos lisse orné de roulettes dorées (étoiles et lunes) encadrant l'auteur, le traducteur et la tomaison + des filets dorés ondulants. Exemplaire bien complet de son frontispice dans le Tome 1. Intérieur très frais sans rousseurs, mouillures ou déchirures, quelques frottements aux reliures mais très localisés et minimes. Très rare édition originale française des œuvres de Shakespeare. Cf. Brunet : Manuel du libraire V, 355 Tout Shakespeare (Tragédies comme Comédies) dans une édition du XVIIIème siècle. Bookseller Inventory # 000039

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Shakespeare, William; Shakspeare

Published by Bioren & Madan, Philadelphia, PA (1795)

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Item Description: Bioren & Madan, Philadelphia, PA, 1795. Leather Bound. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket (as issued). 1st Edition.. 16mo 5.75 - 6.75'' tall. Corrected From the Latest and Best London Editions, With Notes By Samuel Johnson, L.L.D. to Which Are Added, a Glossary and the Life of the Author. First American printing of the works of Shakespeare. Imbellished with a striking Likeness from the Collection of his Grace the Duke of Chandos. 1st American Printing. Volumes 1,3,4,5,6,7 ONLY of 8 volume set. Full leather bound, boards undecorated, spine has deep-red title band and black edition band, with gold lettering, stars and bands. Plain endpapers and page edges. Volume One has frontispiece portrait of Shakespeare. All title pages state 'First American Edition', with a date of 1795 or 1796. Some spine ends have small leather loss, to level of top or bottom of text block. All hinges are intact but very tender, with some cracking along spine/board borders. Page ends fairly clean with only minor age toning. Text blocks are firmly bound. Small ancient previous owner name on all title pages. Many pages clear of foxing, but light foxing or tanning throughout. Bookseller Inventory # 71796

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Hamlet. Tragedia de Guillermo Shakespeare.: Shakespeare, William.

Shakespeare, William.

Published by Madrid, en la Officina de Villalpando, 1798. (1798)

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Item Description: Madrid, en la Officina de Villalpando, 1798., 1798. 8vo (227 x 168 mm). (48), 379, (1) pp. With engr. frontispiece by Leonetti after Giuseppe Cades, printed title with aphorism from Martial verso. Later Curwen patterned paper boards, leather title labels with gilt titles to spine. Edges uncut. The very scarce first edition of Hamlet in Spanish. Translated by the Spanish playwright and poet Leandro Fernández de Moratín (1760-1828) under the pseudonym "Inarco Celenio", this first Spanish translation was published almost two centuries after the play was first performed (c.1600) and published in quarto form (1603). De Moratín travelled to Paris where he planned to study French drama, however the events of the Revolution in France so terrified him that he fled to England where he began the translation. As de Moratín wrote in a letter to Juan Antonio Melón: "If the French had not been crazy, I would never have come to see Shakespeare's immortal works." The beginning of Hamlet's famous monologue in Act III, Scene IV is here rendered thus: "Existir ó no existir: esta es la qüestion. ¿Quál es mas digna accion del ánimo, sufrir los tiros penetrantes de la fortuna injusta, ú oponer los brazos á este torrente de calamidades, y darlas fin con atrevida resistencia?" - "In spite of Moratín's critical judgement of Hamlet, his translation was very honest, since he did not alter Shakespeare's departures from the neoclassical canon. Moratín's fidelity to the source text, even when he did not agree with it, explains the success and permanence of his translation [.] Moratín was the writer who most influenced Spanish translators of Shakespeare" (Isabel Verdaguer, "Shakespeare's 'Poem Unlimited' in Eighteenth-Century Spain", in: Translating Shakespeare for the Twenty-First Century, Amsterdam/NY 2004). This first Spanish edition of Hamlet is particularly rare in commerce and the only examples we can locate at auction are from the 1960s (two copies); COPAC lists three copies in the UK, at the British Library, Oxford and Cambridge and while OCLC locates further copies in North America, it lists only two in Spanish libraries, a copy at the Bibliothèque National de France and one at Berlin for Europe; the Folger Shakespeare Library has three copies. - A good copy with presentation in blue ink to initial blank: "Para Salvador / Abril 1948. / Oxford" and ownership inscription - presumably that of "Salvador" - beneath in blue ink with additional location detail. Bookseller Inventory # 44800

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SHAKESPEARE, [William] [1564-1616].

Published by London: Printed by W.Bulmer & Co.For John And Josiah Boydell, George and W.Nicoll From The Types of W.Martin, 1802. (1802)

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Item Description: London: Printed by W.Bulmer & Co.For John And Josiah Boydell, George and W.Nicoll From The Types of W.Martin, 1802., 1802. 9 Volumes. large folio. with half-titles. 95 engraved plates (of 100?; incl. 2 portraits, 1 bound as a frontis.). contemporary blind & gilt-stamped straight-grained dark blue morocco, gilt backs, all edges gilt (rubbed, some surface abrasions to covers & spines, scattered foxing & browning). bookplate of William Kemmis. First Edition, Second Issue, of the 'Boydell Shakespeare'; our copy has 95 engraved plates whereas Jaggard calls for 100 (the NUC cites a frontis. & 96 plates). Boydell’s ‘Shakespeare’ combined the work of the best painters and engravers working in England at the time, among them Reynolds, Stothard, Hamilton, Smirke, Romney, Fuseli, Opie, Hamilton, Northcote, Neagle, Wheatley, West, Westall, and Schiavonetti. This work was " the first great effort of the kind ever made by English artists, and its influence cannot be overestimated." (DNB) According to Jaggard the production of these "sumptuous" plates "swallowed up a fortune." "The original paintings filled the great Shakespeare Gallery in Pall Mall, and made the name of Boydell famous." (Idem.) "This work was meant to be a magnificent national edition, in which splendour of production was to go hand in hand with correctness of text. "With regard to the Typographical part of the work," Nicol says, "the state of printing in England, when it was first undertaken [1786], was such that it was found necessary to establish a printing-house on purpose to print the work; a foundry to cast the types; and even a manufactory to make the ink." (Updike) Jaggard p. 508. Updike, Printing Types, II p. 144. Bookseller Inventory # elala3796

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The plays of William Shakespeare, in eight: Shakespeare, William

Shakespeare, William

Published by J. & R. Tonson, London (1765)

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Item Description: J. & R. Tonson, London, 1765. First variorum edition of Shakespeare "and the foundation of hundreds of subsequent issues" (Jaggard); first Johnson edition, without the names of Longman and Corbet in the imprint, and with Johnson's Preface unpaginated; 8 volumes, 8vo, engraved portrait frontispiece of the bard in vol. 1 by George Virtue (after Droeshout, according to Fleeman; after Chandos according to Jaggard and Courtney & Smith), full contemporary calf neatly rebacked, black morocco labels on spines; very good. "By the time the edition appeared in 1765 Johnson had been working on it, on and off, for twenty years . His most important preliminary work was the Dictionary. In the late 1740s Johnson read the complete works of Shakespeare in Warburton's 1747 edition, and marked out over 20,000 words, the meanings of which he found well illustrated in their Shakespearean contexts. Johnson says in the Preface to the Dictionary that he took 'the diction of common life' from Shakespeare; by arranging it and defining it, Johnson gave us, according to Bertrant Bronson, 'a diffused and unheralded [but] major work of Shakespearean scholarship'. The edition of Shakespeare is not merely a spin-off from the Dictionary, but it belongs to the same series of projects on the history of learning - some completed and some only planned - that runs throughout Johnson's life from the proposed edition of Poliziano and the translation of Paolo Sarpi, through the Harleian Catalogue and the Dictionary, to Shakespeare and the Lives of the Poets" (DeMaria, pp. 218-19). This edition includes the first printing of Shakespeare's will. Chapman & Hazen, pp. 146-7; Courtney & Smith, pp. 103-4; Fleeman 65.10SP/1; Jaggard, p. 501; Pforzheimer 911g. Bookseller Inventory # 46389

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THE WORKS OF MR. WILLIAM SHAKESPEAR; IN: Shakespeare, William

Shakespeare, William

Published by London, Printed for J. Tonson, 1714 (1714)

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Item Description: London, Printed for J. Tonson, 1714, 1714. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. Nine volumes. With 41 engraved plates. Contemporary full paneled calf, rebacked to match the original spines with five raised bands. The condition of the text and plates is fresh and clean throughout. A rare and important edition edited by N. Rowe, first duodecimo edition, suceeding the 1709 edition. The first eight volumes are the plays, the extra ninth is poetry. A very attractive set. Bookseller Inventory # 5029

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William Shakespeare; George Steevens, ed.; John Boydell, pub.

Published by Printed by W. Bulmer & Co. c. 1802, London (1802)

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Item Description: Printed by W. Bulmer & Co. c. 1802, London, 1802. Edition : First Boydell edition., Contemporary full royal gilt blue russia calf, sides with gilt rules and floral corner pieces, and an elaborate interwoven gilt- and blind-tooled series of borders, expertly rebacked in six compartments of raised bands and blind-tooled motifs, gilt text on two and six, board edges and inner dentelles gilt, all edges gilt., With the important prefaces of Samuel Johnson?s and Alexander Pope., Size : Folio (17 x 13 ½ in). , Titles and half-titles all present. With 96 full-page copper engravings including two portraits depicting scenes from the plays. Plates are engraved after the important British artists of the day: Raynolds, Romney, Opie, Smirke, Hamilton, Banbury, William Blake, Northcote, Westall, etc. , Volume : Nine volumes., References : Jaggard 508; Shaksperiana III:34; HBS 45748. Some rubbing and abrasion to boards, scattered foxing to plates mostly in margins, some repair on title page volume one; overall a very good set in exceptional contemporary binding. Bookseller Inventory # B799

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Shakespeare, William; ROBERT MORRIS

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Item Description: 1893. SHAKESPEARE. The Poems of William Shakespeare. Edited by Frederick S. Ellis. 216, [2] pp. 8vo., 204 x 135 mm, bound by Birdsall in full crimson morocco, elaborately gilt-stamped framed covers and spines, gilt-stamped raised bands, gilt-ruled and lettered spine, original vellum covers and spine bound in. Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1893. First Edition. One of 500 paper copies printed by William Morris at the Kelmscott Press in Golden type in black and red inks on handmade paper. Morris used the texts from the original copies of Venus and Adonis (1593), The Rape of Lucrece (1594), Shakespeare's Sonnets (1609), and A Lover's Complaint. Morris used his own designs for the ornamental borders on each opening page, plus decorative initials in black. A very fine copy. Franklin 189. Ransom 326. Tomkinson 110. Bookseller Inventory # 150514

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The Works of Shakespear in Six Volumes: Shakespeare, William

Shakespeare, William

Published by Printed at the Theatre, Oxford (1744)

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Item Description: Printed at the Theatre, Oxford, 1744. First edition. The scarce Hanmer set of Shakespeare's works. Quarto (pages 295 x 223), bound in full contemporary speckled calf with red morocco spine labels and the page blocks sprayed red. Unrepaired bindings holding firm although many boards show signs of splitting up the joints or minor loss at the extremities. Two of the bindings appear a bit charred. Internal contents are in excellent condition with wide margins and complete with all three portraits of the author and 36 plates (one preceding each play). With prefaces by Hanmer and Pope, a biographical sketch of the author by Rowe and Ben Jonson's elegy for Shakespeare. In all a very pleasing set and one that begs the question, why buy a later edition when you can have the original?"Shakespeare holds, by general acclamation, the foremost place in the world's literature, and his overwhelming greatness renders it difficult to criticise or even to praise him." (Long, "English Literature") Goethe expressed a common literary sentiment in stating: "I do not remember that any book or person or event in my life ever made so great an impression upon me as the plays of Shakespeare.". Bookseller Inventory # 1534

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William Shakespeare

Published by William Winter (1878)

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Item Description: William Winter, 1878. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. 1st Edition. 5.0" x 6.75". EDWIN BOOTH'S PERSONAL COPY WITH HIS SIGNED BOOKPLATE TO THE FRONT PASTE DOWN. The older brother of the infamous John Wilkes Booth. Edwin Booth has been recognized as America's greatest actor of the 19th century. Playing Richard II was the greatest of his performances. Original red three quarter calf. Marbled paper covered boards. Five raised bands with gilt decoration and titles to the compartments. Marbled paper paste downs and end papers. All page edges are gilt. Very light age toning to the pages. Mild edge wear to the corners. Appendices. This is volume three of the Prompt-Book series. The book consists of three plays: Richard II, Richard III and Henry VIII. AN EXTREMELY RARE BOOK IN IT'S OWN RIGHT. However made even more desirable being Booth's own signed copy. Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # 010212

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Shakespeare, William - Wieland, Christoph Martin:

Published by bey Orell Gessner und Comp., Zürich, (1762)

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Item Description: bey Orell Gessner und Comp., Zürich, 1762. 8°. 8 Bände. Zürich, bey Orell Gessner und Comp. 1762-1766. 8°. 28 S., 332 S., 3 S.; 448 S., 1 S.; 458 (von 460) S.,2 w. Bl.; 496 S., 1 S.; 420 S.; 430 S.; 492 S.; 376 S., 30 S. Mit 8 gestochenen Titeln und 22 gestochenen Vignetten von Salomon Gessner. Halblederbände der Zeit mit je 2 hellroten goldgeprägten Rückenschildern und floraler Rückenvergoldung. Goedeke IV/I,551,50. - Bürger: Aufklärung in Zürich 36. - Katalog Marbach. Weltliteratur S. 137ff. - Erste deutsche Ausgabe einer Sammlung von Stücken Shakespeares. Einzig 2 ganze Stücke des Engländers waren zuvor ins Deutsche übersetzt worden: 1741 den "Julius Caesar" durch Caspar Wilhelm von Borck und 1758 "Romeo und Julia" durch Simon Grynäus. Von Wieland als "Galeerenarbeit" bezeichnet, "nur wenige können sich die Mühe, die Anstrengung, die oft zur Verzweifflung und zu manchem Fluch, der doch die Pferde nicht besser ziehen macht:) treibende Schwierigkeiten dieser Arbeit". (Brief vom 8.5.1766 an den Verleger). Wieland übersetzte 22 Theaterstücke, wovon nur der Sommernachtstraum (hier "ein Johannis-Nachts-Traum") in Versen. Häufig liess er ganze Intermezzi, Gesangsstücke u.a. aus. Wieland war sich der eigenen Grenzen bewusst, seine Englischkenntnisse, die er sich selbst beigebracht hatte, reichten häufig nicht aus. Am Ende des 8. Bandes lieferte er seinen Kritikern auch noch eine 30seitige "Nachrichte" über den Verfasser und seinen Übersetzer nach. Eingeführt wird die Ausgabe durch die Übersetzung von Alexander Popes Vorrede zu dessen Shakespeare Ausgabe, die Wieland in der Bibliothek von seinem Mentor Johann Jakob Bodmer in Zürich vorfand. Wieland war es auch, der seinem Verleger Johann Joachim Eschenburg für eine Neuübersetzung empfahl, die ab 1774 erschien. - Salomon Gessner lieferte zu der Ausgabe die gestochenen Titelblätter und 22 Anfangsvignetten, die sehr unterschiedlich gelungen sind. Die Qualität des Papiers lässt ahnen, dass der Verleger keine grosse Hoffnung die Ausgabe setzte. Das schlechte Papier, eher als Löschpapier zu bezeichnen, wird unweigerlich fleckig. - Vorliegendes Exemplar durchgehend, zum Teil stark fleckig. Band 1 und 8 mit grösseren Tinten- bzw. Kaffeeflecken. Im vorliegenden Exemplar sind die Blätter mit den "Drukfehlern" zu Band 1, 2, und 4 vorhanden, die oft auch fehlen. In Band 3 fehlt das Blatt mit den Seiten 3/4 mit dem Zwischentitel und verso dem Personenverzeichnis, dazu hat das folgende Blatt einen Eckausriss mit wenig Textverlust. - Die Einbanddeckel stark beschabt. Die Rücken aber von guter Qualität. Einheitlich gebundene Exemplare dieser "grossen Seltenheit der deutschen Literatur des 18. Jahrhundert" (Kaldewey) wurden in den letzten Jahrzehnten praktisch keine angeboten. Sprache: Deutsch Halblederbände der Zeit mit je 2 hellroten goldgeprägten Rückenschildern und floraler Rückenvergoldung. Bookseller Inventory # 51079BB

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THE TEMPEST: RACKHAM, Arthur; SHAKESPEARE,

RACKHAM, Arthur; SHAKESPEARE, William

Published by London William Heinemann Ltd (1926)

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Item Description: London William Heinemann Ltd, 1926. First edition illustrated by Rackham. 4to. Black cloth with lettering and vignette in gilt. Top edge yellow. Original sketch on the half title, showing a charming sprite making a beckoning motion, inscribed to Rackham's brother and sister in law "To Robert + Awdry / from / Edyth / + / Arthur Rackham / Christmas 1926". A very good copy indeed of this lovely work. Twenty beautiful mounted colour plates and various line drawings. The title page is elaborately decorated in black and white and makes a stunning beginning to the play. Every year the Rackhams presented a copy of Arthur Rackham's latest gift book to members of Edyth Rackham's large family. Bookseller Inventory # 32085

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Shakespeare, William

Published by Jacob Tonson, London (1725)

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Item Description: Jacob Tonson, London, 1725. Three-Quarter Leather. Book Condition: Very Good. Shakespeare (illustrator). First Thus. Oversize. Volumes 2 - 6 were published in 1725 but the title pages are dated 1722 or 1723. These are firsts of the Alexander Pope edition. Volume 7 is not edited by Pope, but by Dr. Sewell and was printed by J. Darby in London, 1725, and has been bound to match the Pope volumes. Volume 7 contains "Venus and Adonis", "Tarquin and Lucrece", "Mr. Shakespear's Miscellany Poems," "An Essay on the Art, Rise, and Progress of the Stage in Greece, Rome and England, and a Glossary of Old Words us'd in these Works". Volume 7 has been tissue repaired on the front inner hinge. Bound in three quarter dark brown leather and marbled paper boards with gold lettering on the spine and marbled edges. These volumes have had extra illustrations added. There is some chipping to the head and tail of some of the spines -- photos of this are available on request. Bookseller Inventory # 012784

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Shakespeare, William

Published by Nonesuch Press 1929-1933, London (1929)

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Item Description: Nonesuch Press 1929-1933, London, 1929. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: No Dust Jacket. First Edition. Inv. #1023B. Seven volumes. Full tan niger morocco by A.W. Bain as issued, t.e.g and others untrimmed. Limited to 1600 sets with 1050 reserved for England. (Dreyfus #58; Blumenthal's Art of the Printed Book). Edited by Herbert Farjeon. This is the finest edition of our greatest poet" (Nonesuch Century). Outstanding set. The Text of the First Folio with Quarto Variants and a Selection of Modern Readings. Seven volumes. 8vo., full tan niger morocco by A.W. Bain as issued, t.e.g and others untrimmed. "The Shakespeare represents the chef-d'oeuvre of the Nonesuch Press." ; 8vo. Bookseller Inventory # 1023B

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100 Greatest Books of All Time: Ernest Hemingway, Leo

Ernest Hemingway, Leo Tolstoy, Jane Austen, Homer, Shakespeare and many others

Published by Franklin Library (1974)

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Item Description: Franklin Library, 1974. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. 1st Edition. COMPLETE 100 VOLUME Franklin Library set, 100 Greatest Books of All Time, 1974-82. Includes free shipping! All books in excellent original condition, covered in genuine full gilt decorated leather, 22k gilt page edging, silk moire end papers, sewn in silk book mark, archival paper, most are in as new condition, little to no wear apparent, a few very minor rubs else near excellent overall. No bookplates or owners name. Titles include the following: Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer - 1974 The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald - 1974 Moby Dick by Herman Melville - 1974 Tales of Edgar Allan Poe - 1974 Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift - 1974 Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte - 1975 Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll - 1975 Origin of the Species by Charles Darwin - 1975 Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky - 1975 A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway - 1975 The Republic by Plato - 1975 Six Tragedies by William Shakespeare - 1975 Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson - 1975 Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain - 1975 The Aeneid by Virgil - 1975 The Confessions of St. Augustine - 1976 The Pilgrims Progress by John Bunyan - 1976 Don Quixote De La Mancha by Cervantes - 1976 Plays of Anton Chekhov - 1976 David Copperfield by Charles Dickens - 1976 Collected Poems 1909-1962 by T. S. Eliot - 1976 Plays of Euripides by 1976 The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner - 1976 The Iliad by Homer - 1976 The Odyssey by Homer - 1976 Ulysses by James Joyce - 1976 Walden by Henry David Thoreau - 1976 The Divine Comedy by Dante - 1977 Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen - 1977 Politics by Aristotle - 1977 Pere Goriot by Honore De Balzac - 1977 The Flowers of Evil by Charles Baudelaire - 1977 Tales From the Arabian Nights by Richard F. Burton - 1977 Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad - 1977 Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe - 1977 Great Expectations by Charles Dickens - 1977 The Federalist by Alexander Hamilton - 1977 Plays of Henrik Ibsen - 1977 Nine Tales by Henry James - 1977 The Trial by Franz Kafka - 1977 Five Stories by Thomas Mann - 1977 Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray - 1977 Candide by Voltaire - 1977 Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe - 1978 Poems of John Donne - 1978 Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert - 1978 The Basic works of Sigmund Freud - 1978 The Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy - 1978 The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne - 1978 The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli - 1978 Four Plays by Eugene O'Neill - 1978 Political writings of Thomas Paine - 1978 Gargantua and Pantagruel by Francois Rabelais - 1978 Eight Comedies by William Shakespeare - 1978 The Decameron by Giovanni Boccaccio - 1979 The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper - 1979 The Red badge of Courage by Stephen Crane - 1979 The History of Tom Jones by Henry Fielding - 1979 Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin - 1979 Poetry of Robert Frost - 1979 Faust by Goethe - 1979 Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence - 1979 Pensees by Blaise Pascal - 1979 Three Plays by Bernard Shaw - 1979 The Red and The Black by Stendahl - 1979 Selected Poems of William Butler Yeats - 1979 Oresteia by Aeschylus - 1980 Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen - 1980 Songs of Innocence and Experience by William Blake - 1980 The Analects of Confucius - 1980 Stories of Guy De Maupassant - 1980 Essays of Michel de Montaigne - 1980 The Ambassadors by Henry James - 1980 Seven Plays by Moliere - 1980 Satyricon by Petronius - 1980 Poems by William Shakespeare - 1980 Tristram Shandy by Laurence Sterne - 1980 History of the Peloponnesian War by Thucydides - 1980 Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte - 1981 Philosophical works of Rene Descartes - 1981 Essays by Ralph Waldo Emerson -1981 Favorite Household Tales by the Brothers Grimm - 1981 Paradise Lost by John Milton - 1981 Twelve Illustrious Lives by Plutarch - 1981 Six Histories by William Shakespeare - 1981 The Tragedies of Sophocles - 1981 War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy - 1981 Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev & others. FREE SHIPPING IN USA. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-18342069299

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THE WORKS OF SHAKESPEARE: IN SEVEN VOLUMES.: Shakespeare, William

Shakespeare, William

Published by London, 1733 (1733)

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Item Description: London, 1733, 1733. Seven volumes, later full leather. Engraved portrait frontispece. Very fine condition set of the first Theobald edition. Bookseller Inventory # 5028

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SHAKESPEARE, William.

Published by Nicholls, Rivington, Stockdale, Lowndes et al, London. (1813)

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Item Description: Nicholls, Rivington, Stockdale, Lowndes et al, London., 1813. First edition thus. Octavo. 21 volumes. Corrections and illustrations of various commentators to which are added, notes, by Samuel Johnson and George Steevens. Revised and augmented by Isaac Reed, with a glossarial index. Volumes I - III contain the advertisements, An account of the Life of William Shakspeare, Additional Anecdotes, Shakspeare's Will, preface of The Players and others, essays, poems, his works in chronological order, and an historical account of the English stage. Vol. IV: Tempest, Two Gentlemen of Verona, Midsummer Night's Dream; Vol. V: Merry Wives of Windsor, Twelfth Night; Vol. VI: Much Ado About Nothing, Measure For Measure; Vol. VII: Love's Labour's Lost, Merchant of Venice; Vol. VIII: As You like It, All's Well That Ends Well: Vol. IX: Taming of the Shrew, Winter's Tale; Vol. X: Macbeth, King John; Vol. XI: King Richard II, King Henry IV Part 1; Vol. XII: King Henry IV, Part II, King Henry V.; Vol. XIII: King Henry VI Parts I and II; Vol. XIV: King Henry VI Part III, King Richard III; Vol. XV: King Henry VIII, Troilus and Cressida; Vol. XVI: Coriolanus, Julius Caesar; Vol. XVII: Anthony and Cleopatra, King Lear; Vol. XVIII: Hamlet, Cymbeline; Vol. XIX: Timon of Athens, Othello; Vol. XX Romeo and Juliet, Comedy of Errors; and, Vol. XXI: Titus Andronicus, Pericles together with addenda and the glossarial index to all volumes. Each play has an extra title engraved with a vignette. Contemporary binding of full burgundy straight-grain morocco with raised bands, gilt rules and decorations, all edges gilt.Extra-illustrated set, each play having numerous contemporary engravings of scenes, characters and views by various artists, most notable among whom is Henry Fuseli.From the library of the leading Tory politician R.A. ('Rab'') Butler, with his armorial bookplate on the pastedown of each volume.A couple of volumes have split hinges so that that the text blocks are loose within the boards. Rubbing to covers. Some offsetting from plates onto facing pages. A very good set. Bookseller Inventory # SHAKESPE013460

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A Midsummer-Night's Dream.: Shakespeare, William.

Shakespeare, William.

Published by William Heinemann,, London: (1908)

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Item Description: William Heinemann,, London:, 1908. Forty full-page color illustrations by Arthur Rackham mounted on brown paper and thirty drawings in black & white. (illustrator). First Rackham edition, limited issue. One of 1000 copies, signed by Arthur Rackham. 11.25 x 9 inches. Full red crushed moroccor by J. May. Spine in six compartments titled in gilt and with remaining compartments stamped with corner and central devices surrounded by a gilt rule, boards with double rectangular panel design and corner devices. One half inch split to upper front joint, faint wear, still a fine copy. Bookseller Inventory # Embry 87027

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Shakespeare, William (Rackham, Arthur)

Published by Heinemann (1908)

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Item Description: Heinemann, 1908. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. 1st Edition. First Edition. A sharp copy of this limited edition of 1000 copies SIGNED by Arthur Rackham. The book is in nice shape. The binding is tight, and the boards are crisp with light wear to the spine and edges. The pages are clean with no writing, marks or bookplates in the book. Overall, a lovely copy SIGNED by Rackham in collector's condition. We buy First Editions of Children's books. Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # ABE-5307430628

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