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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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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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Rackham, Arthur (1867 - 1939); 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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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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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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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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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, 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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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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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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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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Shakespeare, William - Charlotte Porter; H. A. Clarke (Editors)

Published by George G. Harrap & Co., London (1906)

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Item Description: George G. Harrap & Co., London, 1906. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. 1st Edition. 12mo - over 6¾ - 7¾" tall. George G. Harrap & Co. 1906. Edited by Charlotte Porter and H. A. Clarke & with an Introduction by John Churton Collins M. A., D.Litt. Hardcover. Size: 12mo - over 6¾ - 7¾" tall. First Separate Edition. Book Condition: Near Fine - Gilt tree and lettering to front and spine, gilt top edge to pages, other edges untrimmed, each frontispiece illustrated with a different picture of Shakespeare, rough cut pages and firm binding, minor foxing - mainly of the end-papers, plates fading slightly, corners and spine ends showing small signs of bumping, page edges tanning as are the spines, no dj. Imprint date from 'General Introduction' (V.1). Vol I - General Introduction, The Tempest, The Two Gentlemen Of Verona, The Merry Wives Of Windsor: Martin Droeshout portrait of Shakespeare to frontispeice. Vol II - Biography, Measure For Measure, The Comedie Of Errors, Much Adoe About Nothing: Portrait of Shakespeare as Old Knowell in Johnson's "Every Man in his Humour." to frontispeice, spine slightly cocked. Vol III - Loves Labour's Lost, A Midsommer Nights Dreame, The Merchant Of Venice: Droeshout copy portrait to frontispeice, spine slightly cocked. Vol IV - As You Like It, The Taming Of The Shrew, All's Well That Ends Well: S. Felton Portrait to frontispiece, spine slightly cocked. Vol V - Twelfe Night Or What You Will, The Winter's Tale, The Life And Death Of King John: CopyOf Stratford Church Bust Portrait to frontispiece, spine cocked, two small dark marks (possibly ink) to front board, two small marks to rear board. Vol VI - The Life And Death Of King Richard The Second, The First Part Of Henry The Fourth With The Life And Death Of Henry Sirnamed Hot-Spurre, The Second Part Of Henry The Fourth Containing His Death: And The Coronation Of King Henry The Fift: Chandos portrait to frontispiece, Pencilled comments to end of Henry IV Part I and end of Henry IV part II, slight rubbing marks to rear board, spine cocked. Vol VII - The Life Of Henry The Fift, The First Part Of Henry The Sixt, The Second Part Of Henry The Sixt With The Death Of The Good Duke Humfrey: The Devonshire or Darenant bust to frontispeice. Vol VIII - The Third Part Of Henry The Sixt With The Death Of The Duke Of Yorke, The Tragedy Of Richard The Third With The Landing Of Earle Richmond And The Battell At Bosworth Field, The Famous History Of The Life Of King Henry The Eight: Lord Ronald Gower's statue of Shakespeare to frontispeice, slight rub mark to rear board. Vol IX - The Tragedie Of Troylus And Cressida, The Tragedy Of Coriolanus, The Lamentable Tragedy Of Titus Andronicus: Westminster Abbey monument to frontispiece. Vol X - The Tragedie Of Romeo And Juliet, The Life Of Tymon Of Athens, The Tragedie Of Julius Caesar: Holy Trinity Church - Stratford sculpture to frontispiece, spine slightly cocked. Vol XI - The Tragedie Of Macbeth, The Tragedie Of Hamlet Prince Of Denmarke, The Tragedie Of King Lear: William Page bust of Shakespeare to frontispiece, slight rubbing to rear board and top of spine. Vol XII - The Tragedie Of Othello The Moore Of Venice, The Tragedie Of Anthonie And Cleopatra, The Tragedie Of Cymbeline: Shakespeare's death mask to frontispiece. Vol XIII - Pericles Prince Of Tyre, Venus And Adonis, The Rape Of Lucrece, Sonnets, Minor Poems: Shakespeare's birthplace to frontispiece. For more information or photographs please contact us. All our orders are sent by signed for, tracked, or a combination of both. Due to the weight and/or size of this item postage may be increased - we will try to keep it to a minimum. Bookseller Inventory # 000088

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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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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.

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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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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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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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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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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Shakespeare, William

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Item Description: With illustrations by Arthur Rackham, R.W.S. William Heinemann, London; Doubleday, Page & Co., New York; 1908. Full crushed navy morocco by Bayntun of Bath with single gilt fillet to boards and inner panel comprising decorative floral cornerpieces; the spine is in gilt panels, separated by raised bands augmented with spherical tooling, each with a floral wreath; titles stamped direct in two compartments; inner dentelles wide and profusely gilt; 4to. A Limited Edition of 1000 numbered and signed copies, for sale in Great Britain and Ireland. This is No. 438. Signed by Arthur Rackham on the limitation page.Additional half title-page; woodcut vignette title-page; forty colour plates, of which one is the frontispiece, mounted on brown art paper and protected by captioned tissue guards; and thirty-three line drawings within the text of which five are full page.A stunning copy in excellent condition of the First Rackham Edition. Bookseller Inventory # CB8625

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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 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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Shakespeare, William

Published by Printed [by William Strahan] for J. and R. Tonson ?, London (1765)

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Item Description: Printed [by William Strahan] for J. and R. Tonson ?, London, 1765. First Johnson edition. First Johnson edition. Portrait frontispiece. Johnson's Preface ([A]1-[E]5 in vol. I) unpaginated and here bound at end of front matter. Half titles in vols. III-VIII as called for. 8 vols. 8vo. Johnson's Shakespeare: A Landmark of Literary Scholarship. Adam Smith is said to have called it "the most manly piece of criticism that was ever published in any country". Jaggard notes that Johnson seems to have earned in excess of £1,300 for his editorial labors. "Printing occupied several years. The work was published, and presumably distributed to subscribers, on 10 October 1765, at 2 guineas a copy . The reception was almost uniformly favorable" (Fleeman). Fleeman 65.10SP1; Courtney & Smith pp. 103-08; Chapman & Hazen pp. 146-47; Jaggard p. 501; Pforzheimer 911g Full period brown calf gilt, spines tooled in blind and in gilt with contrasting red and olive morocco labels by Sangorski and Sutcliffe. Volume one rebacked with original spine. Some traces of rubbing to extremities or joints of a few volumes. Near fine Portrait frontispiece. Johnson's Preface ([A]1-[E]5 in vol. I) unpaginated and here bound at end of front matter. Half titles in vols. III-VIII as called for. 8 vols. 8vo. Bookseller Inventory # 238831

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Shakespeare, William illustrated by Arthur Rackham

Published by London: William Heinemann (1908)

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Item Description: London: William Heinemann, 1908. First edition thus. Signed Limited Edition. Publisher's full vellum binding with gilt titles and illustration to the upper board and spine. Top edge gilt, all other edges untrimmed. An excellent near fine copy, very lightly rubbed and marked to the binding, the contents clean and without previous owner's inscriptions or stamps. All 40 tipped in colour plates and tissue guards, are present as called for and in fine condition. The original silk ties are loosely laid in. A lovely copy. Number 379 of 1000 copies, signed by Arthur Rackham on the limitation page. Further details and images for any of the items listed are available on request. Lucius Books welcomes direct contact with our customers. Bookseller Inventory # 11230

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Shakespeare, William

Published by H. Woodfall, C. Bathfurst, Etc

ISBN 10: 1199361704 ISBN 13: 9781199361707

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Item Description: H. Woodfall, C. Bathfurst, Etc. Book Condition: Very Good. Condition: Very Good; "CORRECTIONS AND ILLUSTRATIONS OF VARIOUS COMMENTATORS; TO WHICH ARE ADDED NOTES BY SAMUEL JOHNSON. Complete Eight Volume set, 1st Edition,Third Printing.8vo.Full bound in contemporary calf with raised bands and gilt tooling on the spine and board edges. Morocco leather title label only remains on vol. III, all gilt lettering of numerals still remains. The front hinge and spine of vol.I has been professionally restored, original gilt only faintly remains on raised bands. Ornate gilt tooling fading but visible on other volumes.Flaws to paper include a closed tear in vol.I, and a few chips. Light foxing to blanks,interior pages clean with occasional foxing and pencil notes,ink notes on blank of Vol.1.". Bookseller Inventory # 52774

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Cheloniidae Press. Shakespeare, William

Published by Cheloniidae Press, Easthampton, MA (1990)

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Item Description: Cheloniidae Press, Easthampton, MA, 1990. One of 125 copies, all on Cheloniidae Rag paper, the first book of the press with Cheloniidae watermark, each signed by the artist, Alan James Robinson from a total issue of 155 copies. Page size: 10-3/8 x 15- 7/8 x inches - the size of the first folio edition of Shakespeare - Dedication Page, Half-title, engraved frontispiece portrait of Shakespeare in rondel surrounded by the animals, Titlepage, i-iii [iv-v] 1-87 [88-92]pp. Bound: loose sheets boxed. 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. The woodengravings were accomplished by Robinson on end-grain English boxwood from T.N. Lawrence & Sons of London. The type was set at M & H Type Foundry of San Francisco and printed by Harold Patrick McGrath in black within a caramel-colored rule on each page with Shakespeare's own words in caramel ink. This book uses Shakespeare's original texts addressing the natural history, folklore, and mythology of the birds and beasts in his plays. The text was written by Arthur F. Kinney, Thomas W. Copeland Professor Literary History at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Certainly one of the most ambitious and most beautiful books of the Press, published to mark their tenth anniversary. Bookseller Inventory # 10394

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