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COMEDIES, HISTORIES, AND TRAGEDIES Published according to the true Original Copies. Unto which is added, Seven Plays, Never before Printed in Folio.

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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Julius Caesar

SHAKESPEARE

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Item Description: 1691. First Edition. [SHAKESPEARE, William].Julius Caesar. A Tragedy. As it is Now Acted At The Theatre Royal.London: Printed for Henry Herringman, and Richard Bentley, 1691.Rare 1691 second quarto edition of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, with a brilliance fully realized in "the extraordinary lines of Brutus, deep in thought, as he sets in motion one of the most consequential events in Western history. It's one of Shakespeare's first great soliloquies," handsomely bound."Something extraordinary was beginning to happen as Shakespeare wrote Julius Caesar in the spring of 1599É as if all his energies were self-consciously focused on a new and different kind of inventionÉ The result was a significant breakthrough," one richly expressed in "the extraordinary lines of Brutus, deep in thought, as he sets in motion one of the most consequential events in Western history. It's one of Shakespeare's first great soliloquies and conveys a sense of inwardness new to the stage: 'Between the acting of a dreadful thing And the first motion, all the interim is Like a phantasma or a hideous dream" (Shapiro, A Year in the Life, 134-5)"This was the first play by Shakespeare founded on Sir Thomas North's translation of Plutarch's Lives, which appeared in 1579 and was reprinted in 1595. Shakespeare used portions of the lives of Caesar, Antony and Brutus and followed Plutarch very closely" (Bartlett, Mr. William Shakespeare: 112n). Julius Caesar is thought to have been first performed in 1599 and was first printed in the 1623 First Folio. The quarto editions were the first separate printings of the play and are enormously desirable, as very few copies exist in private hands. Sixteen of Shakespeare's plays were first printed in quarto form (1594 to 1622) before they were collected in the 1623 First Folio; of the 20 plays that made their first appearance in the First Folio, only three appeared in quarto form during the 17th-century: Taming of the Shrew, Macbeth, and Julius Caesar (its six quarto editions being a clear indication of its immense popularity).Wing S2922. Jaggard, 319. Bartlett 117.A few short closed marginal tears to title page. Tiny hole to B2 affecting two words, upper margin slightly worn affecting just a few page numbers, mild embrowning to text. An exceptional and most desirable copy. Rare. Bookseller Inventory # 68117

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A Collection of Prints, From Pictures Painted for the Purposes of Illustrating the Dramatic Works of Shakespeare, By the Artists of Great-Britain. Elephant Folio. 2 Volumes. The Finest Set of Shakespeare Illustrations Ever Made

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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Works of Mr. William Shakespear in Six Volumes. [together with] Volume the seventh

SHAKESPEARE, William

Published by London Printed for Jacob Tonson. (1709)

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Item Description: London Printed for Jacob Tonson., 1709. First Illustrated & First Octavo Edition, With the Seventh Volume of the "Poems" SHAKESPEAR[E], William. The Works of Mr. William Shakespear; in Six Volumes. Adorn’d with cuts. Revis’d and corrected, with an account of the life and writings of the author. By N. Rowe, Esq. London: Printed for Jacob Tonson, 1709. [Together with:] SHAKESPEAR[E], William. The Works of Mr. William Shakespear. Volume the seventh. London: Printed for E. Curll, 1710. First illustrated edition, first octavo edition. Together seven octavo volumes (7 7/16 x 4 1/2 inches; 188 x 114 mm). With forty-six engraved plates including portrait frontispiece in volume I, without the frontis portrait in the other volumes which is often the case since they are all the same portrait. According to Ford, it is only essential in the first volume. The monumental plate facing the biography in volume I and a frontispiece engraved plate for each of the plays. Volume VII has the plate, often missing, before Venus and Adonis. Uniformly bound in early 19th century tree calf. Spines with red morocco spine labels, stamped and lettered in gilt. Boards ruled in gilt. Board edges stamped in blind. Top margin is trimmed close, occasionally affecting the headline and page number. The volume title-page of volume I is attached by a stub. Signature "a" in volume I is a bit sprung. Occasional toning and spotting. Some old ink marginalia throughout. Front outer hinge to volume I repaired. Outer hinges to most volumes show cracks, but firm. A bit of wear to head caps. Previous owner's bookplate to front pastedown of each volume. Overall a very handsome set. Chemised and housed in two uniform cloth slipcases. In addition to being the first illustrated edition of Shakespeare’s collected works, this set marks the first octavo edition, the first to contain a biography of Shakespeare, and the first edition to bear an editor’s name. The seventh volume, produced by Edward Curll, contains poems. Rowe worked mainly from Fourth Folio. His contributions included lists of dramatis personae, act and scene divisions, and characters’ entrances and exits. His "Some Account of the Life, &c., of Mr. William Shakespear" served as the standard Shakespeare biography for the eighteenth century, until eventually superseded by Malone’s. Ebisch and Schücking, p. 53. Ford, pp. 9-10. Jaggard p. 497, "In importance and interest, this edition ranks second perhaps to the editio princeps." Shaksperiana, Part III, 6. HBS 67113. $25,000. Bookseller Inventory # 67113

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Works of Mr. William Shakespear in Six Volumes.

SHAKESPEARE, William

Published by London Printed for Jacob Tonson. (1709)

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Item Description: London Printed for Jacob Tonson., 1709. First Illustrated & First Octavo Edition, With the Seventh Volume of the "Poems" SHAKESPEAR[E], William. The Works of Mr. William Shakespear; in Six Volumes. Adorn’d with cuts. Revis’d and corrected, with an account of the life and writings of the author. By N. Rowe, Esq. London: Printed for Jacob Tonson, 1709. [Together with:] SHAKESPEAR[E], William. The Works of Mr. William Shakespear. Volume the seventh. London: Printed for E. Curll, 1710. First illustrated edition, first octavo edition. Together seven octavo volumes. With fifty-one engraved plates including portrait frontispiece in volumes I-VI, the monumental plate facing the biography in volume I and a frontispiece engraved plate for each of the plays. Volume VII has the plate, often missing, before Venus and Adonis (here bound in facing the general title). In volume IV, pp. 1919 and 2001, the running titles for Coriolanus are misprinted Troilus and Cressida and Titus Adronicus respectively. Uniformly bound in early to mid-19th century tree calf. Rebacked to style. Spines with red and brown morocco spine labels, stamped and lettered in gilt. Boards tooled in gilt. Board edges stamped in gilt. Edges speckled brown. Newer endpapers. Occasional toning and spotting. Some old ink marginalia throughout. Previous owner's small bookplate to front pastedown of each volume. Overall a handsome and crisp set. In addition to being the first illustrated edition of Shakespeare’s collected works, this set marks the first octavo edition, the first to contain a biography of Shakespeare, and the first edition to bear an editor’s name. The seventh volume, produced by Edward Curll, contains poems. Rowe worked mainly from Fourth Folio. His contributions included lists of dramatis personae, act and scene divisions, and characters’ entrances and exits. His "Some Account of the Life, &c., of Mr. William Shakespear" served as the standard Shakespeare biography for the eighteenth century, until eventually superseded by Malone’s. Ebisch and Schücking, p. 53. Ford, pp. 9-10. Jaggard p. 497, "In importance and interest, this edition ranks second perhaps to the editio princeps." Shaksperiana, Part III, 6. HBS 66306. $22,500. Bookseller Inventory # 66306

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The Poems of William Shakespeare

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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A COLLECTION OF POEMS, VIZ. I. VENUS AND ADONIS. II. THE RAPE OF LUCRECE. III. THE PASSIONATE PILGRIM. IV. SONNETS TO SUNDRY NOTES OF MUSICK

SHAKESPEARE, William

Published by Bernard Lintot [1709], London (1709)

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Item Description: Bernard Lintot [1709], London, 1709. Hardcover. First Edition. The first issue, having the four sub-titles dated 1630, 1632, 1599, and 1599 respectively, of the Second Edition of Shakespeare's Poems after the very scarce 1640 edition and the first to include VENUS AND ADONIS and THE RAPE OF LUCRECE. Small octavo (4" x 6-3/4") bound by Riviere and Son in a full gilt-decorated early 20th century brown morocco original Cosway binding with recessed panels on front and rear with inset oval watercolor miniatures on ivory by C.B. Currie under glass (signed on the front pastedown) with the Henry Sotheran imprint at the bottom of the verso of the front free endpaper; (4), 155 pages. Inserted is a page with the following printed information: "This is No. 893 of the Cosway Bindings invented by J. H. Stonehouse, with Miniatures on Ivory by Miss Currie." Both Stonehouse and Currie have SIGNED the page at the bottom. The book was beautifully rebacked in the past decade or so with a new spine that blends quite well with the covers. The Currie miniature at the front is after the Droeshout Portrait (1622) of Shakespeare used as the frontispiece to the First Folio. The rear miniature is a depiction of Venus and Adonis. Cosway bindings--named after the leading miniaturist of the Regency period, Richard Cosway (1742-1821)--were introduced in the early 1900s by John H.Stonehouse of Henry Sotheran & Company who conceived embedding miniature paintings in the covers of elaborately-tooled bindings. Harrison teamed with the Riviere bindery to create the bindings after his designs. Riviere hired Miss C. B. Currie to create the delicate miniature paintings on ivory inset into the covers and protected by thin panes of glass. Much imitated since, original Cosway bindings such as this, particularly when on a book of some importance, are highly desired. At some point the volume suffered some water damage which is now most visible on the endpapers and first and last few pages of the text as well as slight damage to the portrait of Shakespeare. Still a beautiful binding on a rare and important book in overall Very Good condition. Bookseller Inventory # 017373

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The Works of Shakespear . Collated and corrected by the former editions, by Mr. Pope.

SHAKESPEARE, William.

Published by London Tonson -1725 (1723)

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Item Description: London Tonson -1725, 1723. 6 volumes, 4to., engraved portrait, engraved plate of the Shakespeare monument, title page printed in red and black, contemporary panelled calf gilt, initials "E. G." to covers, spines richly gilt, rebacked preserving spines, lettering pieces renewed, a very attractive set. First edition, the first collected edition in quarto, intended by Pope to remedy what he (though he had been Rowe's friend) perceived as the deficiencies of Rowe's 1709 edition. After the four Folios and two Rowe editions, this is the seventh edition overall. "Germain [née Berkeley], Lady Elizabeth [Betty] (1680–1769), courtier and art collector, was the second daughter in the family of four sons and three daughters of Charles Berkeley, second earl of Berkeley (1649–1710), and his wife, Elizabeth (d. 1719), daughter of Baptist Noel, third Viscount Campden (bap. 1611, d. 1682). She spent her childhood at Berkeley Castle, Gloucestershire. Lady Betty's friendship with the satirist Jonathan Swift began when Berkeley went to Ireland as a lord justice in 1699, taking Swift with him as chaplain and secretary. Swift spent much of his time in Dublin Castle with the family, playing cards, and reading aloud to Lady Betty. Nearly thirty years later, in a letter to Swift (19 September 1730), she recalled a line of a poem which he had written in Ireland in 1701, 'The Humble Petition of Frances Harris': Lord help me, said Mary, I never stirred out of this place! Nay, said I, I had it in Lady Betty's Chamber, that's a plain Case. (J. Swift, The Poems of Jonathan Swift, ed. H. Williams, 2nd edn, 1958, 1.70)" Lady Betty Germain continued her friendship with Swift, who dined with her frequently on his visits to England, and there are several references in his Journal to Stella to heated political discussions: 'Lady Betty Germain and I were disputing Whig and Tory to death this morning' (17 October 1711), and 'I have been so teased with Whiggish discourse by Lady Betty Germain' (19 November 1711) (Swift, Journal, 2.385–6, 417). During the 1730s Swift, in Ireland, and Lady Betty exchanged many letters, a correspondence started by Swift in the hopes of her using her influence on his behalf. In 1733 they disagreed violently over the character of Henrietta Howard, countess of Suffolk, the mistress of George II and a close friend of Lady Betty, whose brother George Berkeley she later married. Swift disliked the countess mainly because she did nothing for him. The correspondence continued to be acrimonious at times—'My Lady Elizabeth Germain uses me very ill in her letters' wrote Swift to the duke of Dorset on 15 April 1735 (Correspondence of Jonathan Swift, 4.324)—and stopped altogether in 1737. But Lady Betty remained fond of Swift, and a portrait of him which belonged to her still hangs in her apartments at Knole." (ODNB). Jaggard, p. 498. Bookseller Inventory # 89719

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THE BIRDS AND BEASTS OF SHAKESPEARE

CHELONIIDAE PRESS) SHAKESPEARE, William (ROBINSON, Alan James)

Published by Cheloniidae Press, (Easthampton, MA) (1990)

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Item Description: Cheloniidae Press, (Easthampton, MA), 1990. hardcover. Alan James Robinson (illustrator). First Edition. Folio (10-3/8" x 15-7/8"), the exact untrimmed size of the First Folio of 1623, bound by Claudia Cohen and Sarah Creighton in full gilt-lettered rust morocco, with marbled endsheets by Faith Harrison, in a custom cloth clamshell box with a gilt-lettered large morocco spine label. Designed by illustrator Alan James Robinson and Arthur Kinney, who wrote the text. Illustrated with 54 wood engravings depicting the birds and beasts and one wood engraving as well as an etching of Shakespeare. This is copy #I of 5 special proof copies (of a total edition of only 131) printed by Harold Patrick McGrath on Cheloniidae rag made specially for the Press, the first paper to carry a Cheloniidae watermark, and SIGNED by the illustrator on the colophon page. With an extra suite of the engravings and etching, each SIGNED and numbered by Robinson, plus another suite, issued only with the limitation of 5, containing two working proofs of each wood engraving and three state proofs of the etching, all SIGNED by Robinson. In addition there are two ORIGINAL PENCIL DRAWINGS--one of a wolf, the other a lion-- INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the artist to the original owner. Prospectus laid in. The rarest state of the greatest achievement of the press. Fine in a clamshell box, a beautiful book. Bookseller Inventory # 015716

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Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare Revised by George Stevens

SHAKESPEARE, William

Published by London Printed by W. Bulmer and Co., for John and Joshua Boydell (1802)

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Item Description: London Printed by W. Bulmer and Co., for John and Joshua Boydell, 1802. The Finest Illustrations of Shakespeare’s Works SHAKESPEARE, William. The Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare. Revised by George Stevens. London: Printed by W. Bulmer and Co., for John and Joshua Boydell, 1802. First Boydell edition. Nine folio volumes (16 1/4 x 11 3/4 inches) bound into six folio volumes. With ninety-five full page engravings including the portrait of Shakespeare between the Muses. Six half-titles present; all title-pages present (titles for volumes VII to IX bound at the end of volume VI). Contemporary full green levant morocco. Covers decoratively ruled in blind and five lines of gilt. All volumes rebacked to style in green, spines tooled, ruled, and lettered in gilt in compartments, five raised bands, gilt board edges and turn-ins, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. Each volume with a small bookplate on the front pastedown and a discreet inkstamp on the title-page of a library. Some rubbing. Still, a handsome set. A truly monumental labor of devotion, all aspects of this edition are impressive. The engravings in this edition were done by many leading artists of the time; Reynolds, Smirke, Northcote, Porter Stothard, Hamilton, Bunbury, Opie and Westall. "According to the prosepctus, issued in 1786, a type foundry, an ink factory, and a printing house were all specially erected for the production of this edition" (Jaggard). While Jaggard calls for 100 plates for this set, there has been no copy at auction within the last twenty-five years with more plates and a few with less. Jaggard, p.508. Shaksperiana, III, 34. HBS 66578. $12,500. Bookseller Inventory # 66578

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The Works of Shakespear in Six Volumes

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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The Plays and Poems of William Shakspeare ( Shakespeare ). First American Printing 1795

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. Prinz Von Daenmark. [Presentation copy from Elisabeth Bergner to Sir John Gielgud.] Mit 16 Lictdrucktafeln nach den Lithographieen von Eugene Delacroix.

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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The Plays. From the Corrected Text of Johnson and Steevens.

SHAKESPEARE, William.

Published by London: for John Stockdale, 1807 (1807)

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Item Description: London: for John Stockdale, 1807, 1807. 6 volumes, quarto. Contemporary diced russia, spines lettered, numbered, placed and dated in gilt, gilt rules either side of raised bands, covers with two-line gilt rules, marbled endpapers and edges. A little browning, joints very slightly tender, light rubbing to boards, a very handsome set. With 22 copperplates engraved by J. Heath after Stothard and Fuseli. First Heath edition. The London-born son of a bookbinder, James Heath (1757-1834) became one of the most widely-employed engravers of the age, producing illustrations for such celebrated works as Lavater's Essays on Physiognomy; Vancouver's A voyage of discovery to the north Pacific Ocean, and round the world; Bruce's Travels to Discover the Source of the Nile; and the frontispiece portrait to Boswell's Life of Johnson. He engraved some plates for Boydell's Shakspeare Gallery, and in 1807 published this six-volume set of Shakespeare illustrated with engravings after works by Stothard and Henry Fuseli on his own account, a substantial demonstration of his huge popularity. Jaggard, p. 509. Bookseller Inventory # 32015

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The Works of Shakespear (Shakespeare) In Six Volumes. Collated and Corrected by the former Editions, By Mr. Pope. [The Seventh Volume The Whole Revis'd and Corrected, with a Preface, by Dr. Sewell.]

Shakespeare, William; Alexander Pope.

Published by Printed for Jacob Tonson in the Strand 1723-1725, London (1723)

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Item Description: Printed for Jacob Tonson in the Strand 1723-1725, London, 1723. First editions of Alexander Pope's Shakespeare, with the supplementary seventh volume, rarely present, which was issued by another publisher in 1725 and included Venus and Adonis, the poems and an essay on the history of drama. One of 750 copies. Quarto, seven volumes. Bound in full contemporary leather, volume 7 bound in quarter leather, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, marbled endpapers. Volume 1 with the engraved frontispiece of Shakespeare by George Vertue, engraved portrait of Alexander Pope. An excellent set in very good condition, rebacked. The first edition in quarto and the earliest edited by Alexander Pope. It embraces Pope's preface, the life by Rowe, an index of characters, sentiments, speeches, and descriptions and a list of subscribers. Bookseller Inventory # 3897

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THE WORKS OF MR. WILLIAM SHAKESPEAR; IN EIGHT VOLUMES. Adorn'd with Cutts.By N. Rowe, Esq;.

Shakespeare, William

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Item Description: London, Printed for J. Tonson, 1714, 1714. 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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The Dramatic Works Of Shakspeare Revised By George Steevens [Edited by J.Boydell].

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 Dramatic Works of Shakespeare revised by George Steevens.

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

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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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Works of Mr. William Shakespear

SHAKESPEARE, William

Published by London Printed for Jacob Tonson. Volume VII: Printed by J. Darby. (1723)

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Item Description: London Printed for Jacob Tonson. Volume VII: Printed by J. Darby., 1723. First Pope Edition SHAKESPEAR[E], [William]. The Works of Shakespear. In six volumes. Collated and corrected by the former editions, by Mr. Pope. London: Printed for Jacob Tonson, 1723, 1725. [Together with:] SHAKESPEAR[E], William. The Works of Mr. William Shakespear. The seventh volume. Containing Venus and Adonis. Tarquin and Lucrece. And Mr. Shakespear’s Miscellany poems. To which is prefix’d, an essay on the art, rise, and progress of the stage, in Greece, Rome, and England. And a glossary of the old words us’d in these works. The whole revis’d and corrected, with a preface, by Dr. Sewell. London: Printed by J. Darby., 1725. First edition edited by Alexander Pope. One of 750 sets. Seven volumes. Quarto. Engraved frontispiece portrait by G. Vertue and engraved plate of the Stratford bust facing p. xxxi. Title-page printed in red and black. With the list of subscribers. Handsomely bound to style in paneled calf, spines gilt-stamped with red and black morocco labels, boards decoratively tooled in blind. Top edge gilt, edges sprinkled red. A fine set. Pope claimed that he had made corrections to Rowe as well as to the folio editions by collating his edition against early quartos, but he was actually one of the principal corrupters of Shakespeare’s text. He edited with a poet’s interest, omitting words and sometimes entire lines, as well as occasionally inserting words, in order to improve rhythm. In spite of his editorial deficiencies, Pope is credited with firmly establishing locations of many scenes. In addition, he was the first to write a preface to an edition of Shakespeare, which he took two years to complete. This resulted in the discrepancy between the 1725 date of Volume I and the 1723 dates on Volumes II through VI. The seventh volume, with a preface by Dr. Sewell, was added in 1725. It is unrelated to Pope or Tonson. Ebisch and Schücking, p. 53. Ford, pp. 19-21. Griffith 149. Jaggard, p. 498. Shaksperiana, Part III, 8. HBS 67206. $7,500. Bookseller Inventory # 67206

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The Poems of William Shakespeare.

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. In seven volumes. Collated with the oldest copies, and corrected: With notes, Explanatory, and Critical: By Mr. Theobald.

SHAKESPEARE. WILLIAM

Published by Printed for A. Bettesworth and C. Hitch, J. Tonson, F. Clay, W. Feales, and R. Wellington. London. 1733 (1733)

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Item Description: Printed for A. Bettesworth and C. Hitch, J. Tonson, F. Clay, W. Feales, and R. Wellington. London. 1733, 1733. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. FIRST THEOBALD EDITION. 7 Volumes. 8vo. (7.9 x 5.1 inches). Portrait frontis in volume one and all half titles present. Vol.1. 14,lxviii,18 (Epitaphs by Milton, Davenant & Ben Jonson + subscribers list), 487pp. - Vol. 2. iv, 536pp. - Vol. 3. iv, 542pp. - Vol. 4. iv, 512pp. - Vol. 5. iv, 472pp. - Vol. 6. iv, 464pp. - Vol. 7. iv, 494, ixpp ( A Table of several editions of Shakespeare's plays collected by the Editor - with errata note that that line should read Collated for collected). A bright, tight and clean set in contemporary full brown calf bindings with double gilt ruled borders on the boards. Spines with raised bands and double ruled lines to top and bottom of each compartment. The spines on all seven volumes have been professionally re-backed and the original spines laid down and with recent brown morocco labels, ruled and lettered in gilt. Neat previous owners armorial bookplate to the front paste down of each volume (not a subscriber to the set). Overall a nice set in attractive early bindings. The restoration to the bindings has been executed sympathetically and the set shows very well. Bookseller Inventory # 9080

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Shakespear Theatralische Werke. Aus dem Englisch übersezt von Herrn Wieland.

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.; 429 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 von der "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 Begrenzung 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 an die Ausgabe hielt. Das schlechte, eher als Löschblatt zu benennende Papier, 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 Plays of William Shakspeare.

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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The Poems of William Shakespeare, Printed After the Original Copies of Venus and Adonis, 1593. The Rape of Lucrece, 1594. Sonnets, 1609. The Lover's Complaint.

KELMSCOTT PRESS.) SHAKESPEARE, William.

Published by Hammersmith: The Kelmscott Press, 1893 (1893)

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Item Description: Hammersmith: The Kelmscott Press, 1893, 1893. Octavo. Original limp vellum by Leighton of London, titles to spine gilt, blue silk ties. Spine a little dust-soiled, ties torn away at ends, a very good copy. Printed in black and red. First Kelmscott edition, one of only 500 copies printed. Peterson A11. Bookseller Inventory # 73722

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THE PLAYS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE (8 VOLUMES)

William Shakespeare

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

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Item Description: J. and R. Tonson, London, 1765. Leather. Book Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Condition: No Dust Jacket. First Edition. 8 Volumes. Comments by Samuel Johnson. RARE. Full brown calfskin with gilt border on front and back boards. 5 raised bands on spine with gilt decorations. Front and back boards are clean with have very little scuffing or soiling; edges, corners and ends of spine are rubbed. Spines show rubbing, but gilt designs and Volume numbers are still visible; the title ("Johnson's Shakespeare")appears on the spines of all volumes, however it is difficult to distinguish on 6 and 7. All volumes have significant foxing and age discoloration to endpages and ffeps. The text and pages, however, only have occasional foxing and oxidation. Bookplates on front endpages. All volumes are covered in a protective mylar jackets. Volumes 1,5,6 and 8: inside front and back hinges have been reinforced with tape. A fine 8 volume set. Pictures available upon request. Bookseller Inventory # 10042

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The Birds and Beasts of Shakespeare. Text by Arthur F. Kinney. Illustrated with Woodengravings by Alan James Robinson.

Cheloniidae Press. Shakespeare, William.

Published by Cheloniidae Press, Easthampton, MA (1990)

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Item Description: Cheloniidae Press, Easthampton, MA, 1990. One of 100 copies, in full morocco with an additional suite of the woodengravings in custom-made portfolio, each engraving in the additional suite is signed and numbered by the artist, Alan James Robinson, who has hand-numbered the colophon as well. In addition, this copy has one original watercolor by the artist, this of the weasel (on green grassy mound against yellow sky) and a fully executed drawing of the crocodile. The total issue of this book was 155, all on printed on Cheloniidae rag handmade paper, the first to carry the press's own watermark. Page size: 10 3/8 inches x 15 7/8 inches - the size of the first folio edition , 92pp. Bound by Claudia Cohen and Sara Creighton: full caramel morocco with title in gilt on front panel, five raised bands on spine, marbled endsheets by Faith Harrison. Separate cloth chemise for extra suite and drawing all housed with book in morocco and cloth clamshell box with title in gilt on spine. Illustrated with 54 woodengravings depicting the birds and beasts found in Shakespeare's plays and poems, plus two portraits of the Bard: one etching and one woodengraving and one etching by Alan James Robinson. This book uses Shakespeare's original texts addressing the natural history, folklore, and mythology of the birds and beasts in his plays. The commentary was written by Arthur F. Kinney, Thomas W. Copeland Professor Literary History at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. The text was set at M & H Type Foundry in San Francisco and printed letterpress by Harold McGrath in black within a caramel-colored rule with caramel ink used for Shakespeare's own words on each page. Published on the tenth anniversary of the press, this is a worthy monument. See an Image. Bookseller Inventory # 10213

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A Collection of Prints from Pictures for the Purpose of Illustrating the Dramatic Works of Shakespeare, by the Artists of Great Britain Elephant Folio

Boydell, John; William Shakespeare

Published by John and Josiah Boydell, London (1803)

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Item Description: John and Josiah Boydell, London, 1803. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. First Edition; First Printing. Elephant folio first edtion of Boydell's Shakespeare prints (52) . A landmark work in British engraving. In original half-leather boards and cloth, of which the leather is separating and deteriorated, and the cloth tattered (although front titles still clear) ; front board detached. The prints themselves are stunning despite dampstains affecting the upper third beginning at top corner, and a further two small sections at lower edge; stains fade progressively from front of book to rear; on darker prints the staining is more subtle. Paper is still bright and crisp, and largely free of foxing. Pictures on request. (There is a smaller folio edition, 17x22" of Boydell's Shakespeare, but this is the first larger elephant folio edition of 1803). ; Vol. 2; 22 x 28"; Wikipedia: The idea of a grand Shakespeare edition was conceived during a dinner at the home of Josiah Boydell (John's nephew) in late 1786. [18] Five important accounts of the occasion survive. [19] From these, a guest list and a reconstruction of the conversation have been assembled. The guest list reflects the range of Boydell's contacts in the artistic world: it included Benjamin West, painter to King George III; George Romney, a renowned portrait painter; George Nicol, bookseller to the king; William Hayley, a poet; John Hoole, a scholar and translator of Tasso and Aristotle; and Daniel Braithwaite, secretary to the postmaster general and a patron of artists such as Romney and Angelica Kauffmann. Most accounts also place the painter Paul Sandby at the gathering. [20]Boydell wanted to use the edition to help stimulate a British school of history painting. He wrote in the "Preface" to the folio that he wanted "to advance that art towards maturity, and establish an English School of Historical Painting". [21] A court document used by Josiah to collect debts from customers after Boydell's death relates the story of the dinner and Boydell's motivations: [Boydell said] he should like to wipe away the stigma that all foreign critics threw on this nation-that they had no genius for historical painting. He said he was certain from his success in encouraging engraving that Englishmen wanted nothing but proper encouragement and a proper subject to excel in historical painting. The encouragement he would endeavor to find if a proper subject were pointed out. Mr. Nicol replied that there was one great National subject concerning which there could be no second opinion, and mentioned Shakespeare. The proposition was received with acclaim by the Alderman [John Boydell] and the whole company (see fuller Wikipedia entry). Bookseller Inventory # 34972

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Works, the Text of the First Folio with Quarto Variants and a Selection of Modern Readings

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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The Works of Mr. William Shakespear, Volumes 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7

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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BOYDELL'S GRAPHIC ILLUSTRATIONS OF THE DRAMATIC WORKS OF SHAKESPEARE.

BOYDELL, John (SHAKESPEARE, William)

Published by Boydell & Company [1791-1803], London (1791)

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Item Description: Boydell & Company [1791-1803], London, 1791. leather. First Edition. Large folio (12-1/2" x 16-1/2") bound in publisher's full gilt-decorated red morocco, front cover now detached but present. Illustrated with an engraved title page, two portraits, and 98 full- page copper engravings nearly all of which represent various scenes from plays, including one engraved by William Blake, and are engraved after the major British artists of the day: Reynolds, Romney, Opie, Smirke, Northcote, Westall, etc. The finest illustrations ever created to accompany Shakespeare, here presented in their original large format (the plates were also published as part of a nine-volume folio set of Shakespeare's dramatic works). A difficult title to find intact as most volumes over the years have been broken for their beautiful individual plates which in this volume are quite clean with all tissue guards present. Sporadic and usually very mild foxing to the blank margins of some plates. One engraving has been laid down. The leather is rubbed with some wear, mostly to the spine tips and edges, the front cover being detached but present. Contents very clean and attractive in handsome binding. Bookseller Inventory # 010563

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