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Published by Stratford-on-Avon The Shakespeare Head Press 1904-1906 (1906)

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Item Description: Stratford-on-Avon The Shakespeare Head Press 1904-1906, 1906. Ten quarto volumes. This set is one of only twelve printed on pure vellum with a frontispiece illustration in each volume. It represents a monumental undertaking, which took four years to complete and consumed about 250 sheets for each of the twelve copies printed on vellum. The Shakespeare Head Press was founded by A. H. Bullen, who had the idea of printing the complete works of Shakespeare at Stratford-on-Avon as the result of a dream in which he was presented with a set of Shakespeare's works while visiting the town. This is the first edition of Shakespeare to have been published in Stratford and the first major publication of the Press. Although other Shakespeare Head Press sets printed on vellum regularly appear on the market, the Shakespeare is very difficult to obtain: the last copy on vellum to come to auction was in 1960. Volumes I and II are lacking the silk fore-edge ties, spine lettering a trifle rubbed on volume VI, else a fine copy in creamy full limp vellum stamped in gilt. (Tomkinson p. 229, Ransom p. 9). Bookseller Inventory # 23261

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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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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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MORGAN, AARON AUGUSTUS

Published by Chapman and Hall, London (1860)

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Item Description: Chapman and Hall, London, 1860. Hardcover. FIRST EDITION. One of Fewer than 175 Known Fore-Edge Paintings by Miss Currie. 168 x 114 mm (6 5/8 x 4 1/2"). xxiii, [i], 321, [1] pp. FIRST EDITION. Very attractive early 20th century maroon straight-grain morocco, gilt, by Riviere & Son (stamp-signed on verso of front free endpaper), covers with floral gilt frame flanked by triple fillets, center panel with blind-tooled floral border, raised bands, spine gilt in compartments with central pantera within octagonal frame, densely gilt turn-ins, all edges gilt. WITH A FINELY EXECUTED FORE-EDGE PAINTING BY MISS C. B. CURRIE OF ANNE HATHAWAY'S COTTAGE. With a bound-in calligraphic leaf, stating that this is No. 25 of the books with fore-edge paintings done by Miss Currie, the leaf signed at the bottom by her. Corners a bit rubbed, a couple of trivial nicks in the painting (which is not richly colored), otherwise QUITE A FINE COPY, the text clean and fresh, the binding especially lustrous and without any significant wear. This selection of excerpts from Shakespeare's works purports to show us the poet's mind on hundreds of topics including anger, earthquakes, house-building, love, power, supererogation, and wives. Editor Aaron Augustus Morgan has selected passages from plays to illustrate Shakespeare's views on the subject in question. Whether these truly reveal the Bard's feelings on the matter or merely express the views required of the character quoted, this little work does provide us with a very useful concordance of Shakespeare quotes on a wide variety of topics. Our artist here, Miss C. B. Currie, is best known for her role in producing so-called "Cosway bindings," which featured miniatures painted by her on ivory. Currie collaborated with Riviere on most of the Cosway bindings, which numbered about 1,000 by the time she died in 1940. Currie's fore-edge paintings, by contrast, were far less numerous. In all, our painter produced just 131 known specimens. Called by Weber "a talented artist" whose paintings are "distinguished in more ways than one," Currie is the only fore-edge artist of any importance working before the present day whose paintings are signed and numbered. She particularly enjoyed decorating older books, like this one, and although the subjects of her paintings were rarely relevant to the contents of the books they adorn, that is not the case here. Her delicately rendered scene portrays the thatched Tudor cottage of Shakespeare's wife, Anne Hathaway, amid a tranquil landscape of trees. The painting is skillfully designed, with the two-story timbered house dominating the landscape with its simplicity and charm in a pastoral setting. The colors are soft pastel blues, greens, and grays, with small accents of yellow. The elegant binding by Riviere provides the perfect covering for this most desirable package. Bookseller Inventory # ST12335

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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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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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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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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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William Shakespeare; edited by Thomas Sturge Moore; Illustrated by Charles Ricketts

Published by Hacon & Ricketts at the Vale Press 1900-1903, London (1900)

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Item Description: Hacon & Ricketts at the Vale Press 1900-1903, London, 1900. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Very Good binding. Charles Ricketts (illustrator). Limited Edition, one of 310 copies. Royal Octavo. Published by Hacon & Ricketts at the Vale Press; printed under Charles Ricketts's supervision at the Ballantyne Press from April 1900 to June 1903; opening page of each play is decorated with one of three full-page borders designed by Ricketts along with numerous half borders embellishing the text throughout each volume; bound in green cloth and stamped in blind with a design by Ricketts; gilt title on the spine; printed on handmade paper with mermaid watermark using the Avon font designed especially for this set and arguably the most elegant and readable of his three typefaces. This was the first fine press edition of Shakespeare's Works. While initially scheduled to start work in December of 1899, a fire at the Ballantyne Press destroyed not only the work to date on Hamlet, but a sizable portion of Ricketts's work. The fire was largely responsible for the closing of the Vale Press in 1904, though over the next few years Ricketts restarted and completed the Vale Shakespeare and about a dozen volumes to which he was already committed. The final volume of the Vale Shakespeare, Henry VIII was the last book issued from the Press except for Bibliography of Books Published by Hacon and Ricketts after which the matrices and punches were symbolically cast into the Thames. The Vale Shakespeare remains among the finest edition of Shakespeare's works and is increasingly difficult to find complete. This set is in Very Good condition with some toning to the spines as usual; spine ends softened and lightly frayed on occasion; contents are clean and largely free of the foxing that is so often found--only a few volumes are lightly foxed; a number of the volumes have been carelessly opened leaving a rough top-edge on some pages, a relatively minor issue with only one exception--there is one large closed tear that runs from the top edge to the inner margin of one leaf of "Antony and Cleopatra." Watry B44. Bookseller Inventory # 2508

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Shakespeare William

Published by Hacon & Ricketts at the Vale Press, London -1903 (1900)

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Item Description: Hacon & Ricketts at the Vale Press, London -1903, 1900. Hardback. Book Condition: Very Good. No Jacket. First Edition. One of 310 Limited Edition. Complete with all 39 volumes in the original blind decorated green cloth, gilt titling. B & W decorations by Charles Ricketts, Generally in Very Good condition, some intermittent, occasional spotting, partly untrimmed, very light marginal rubbing to extremities, some uniform darkening to spine as usual. 8vo. Bookseller Inventory # 105190

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SWIFT (JONATHAN) [1667-1745]. Davis (Herbert), editor.

Published by Shakespeare Head Press, Basil Blackwell, Oxford (1939)

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Item Description: Shakespeare Head Press, Basil Blackwell, Oxford, 1939. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. First Edition. Fourteen volumes. Oxford: Printed at the Shakespeare Head Press and published by Basil Blackwell, 1939-68. All volumes first impression. Illustrated with plates, facsimiles, and textual illustrations. Bound in slightly differing shades of original green cloth, gilt lettering, top edge gilt, others untrimmed. Spines of a few volumes sunned to a lighter shade of green, that of volume IX to a shade of brown. A few gilt letters to spine of volume V a little faint. Some browning to endpapers of a few volumes. §Single owner collection with the bookplate of the Germanic scholar Victor Lange (1908-1996) to front pastedowns. A very good copy of the complete set. (**PLEASE READ CAREFULLY** - This set will require special carriage arrangements. PLEASE CONTACT US for a shipping quote and further information). Bookseller Inventory # 20655

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SHAKESPEARE

Published by NONESUCH PRESS, LONDON (1933)

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Item Description: NONESUCH PRESS, LONDON, 1933. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. First Edition. THE COMPLETE WORKS OF SHAKESPEARE PUBLISHED IN SEVEN VOLUMES BY THE NONESUCH PRESS IN A LIMITED EDITION BETWEEN 1929 AND 1933. PUBLISHED IN LONDON. VERY SCARCE SET. FULL CALF. NO INSCRIPTIONS. VERY GOOD CONDITION THROUGHOUT. A SUPER SET. NO INSCRIPTIONS OR OWNERSHIP MARKS. Bookseller Inventory # 000019

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Item Description: London, 1822. Leather. Book Condition: Very Good. First Edition. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. Printed for Robert Triphook, Old Bond Street by James Moyes, Greville Street. Complete loss of 1 1/2" at top of spine. ALS signed by Nares concerning a lost book Mar 25, 1808. Edges & corners rubbed. Author Signed. Bookseller Inventory # 010327

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Item Description: The Complete Works of WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE!! Printed in the 1700's!!Complete in 6-volumes, as stated on the title pages.With notes by Joseph Rann.Oxford; At The Clarendon Press.This set was printed in 1786-1789!! This set is Over 220 YEARS OLD!! Sets of Shakespeare from the 1700's are exceptionally difficult to obtain, and are highly desirable! This is the FIRST EDITION / FIRST PRINTING with Joseph Rann's notes. Bound in full leather bindings! Full leather bindings, such as these, were very expensive to produce, and are highly desirable! Ornately gilded spines, with intricate blindstamp-embossing! Raised hubs on the spine. Gilt framing along boards and gilt trimming along edges. Printed on quality rag paper, and well laid out! These are large books measuring 9 inches tall!! This is the First edition; which was published over a period of three years: The first 4 volumes were published by the Clarendon Press and the last 2-volumes by J. Cooke, which is standard for this edition. All volumes have a title page and half-title page except volume 4 (the first by J. Cooke) which appears to have been issued with no title page. There are subscriber notices and erratum indicating where to send payment to receive the next volume, as this set was issued over a period of years. This set is in excellent condition and fully intact. The leather is supple and fresh. These bindings appear to be from the early 1800's, which makes sense as this set was likely uniformly bound soon after completed. The hinges are all strongly attached but there is abrasion and there is some starting, but all volumes are extra-reinforced by the underlying binding cords. Such early sets of Shakespeare are seldom seen. Fully intact and tightly bound. There is some general usage wear/rubs. Printed on quality rag paper and very fresh. Minimal foxing. There are 2 early bookplates, one armorial bookplate depicting 2 running horses, and an early inscription. This is an exceptionally early set of Shakespeare, from the 1700's. Sets of Shakespeare from the 1700's are exceptionally difficult to obtain, and are highly desirable! This would make an excellent gift and/or addition to any library. Antiquarian books make a great investment and are only going up in value. We will pack very securely to ensure safe arrival at your doorstep. All books are individually wrapped and professionally padded. We double wrap and will leave plenty of space between this purchase and the walls of the box. We fill this space with plenty of padding. Customer Service is very important. We offer a full refund if the item is not as described. Our goal is complete customer satisfaction. Please contact us with any questions. Detailed pictures are available for this listing but have not yet been uploaded to Abebooks. Please email me to request pictures. Sets and collections may require additional postage. I will ship internationally. Bookseller Inventory # 1864

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SHAKESPEARE, William.

Published by London, Blackie & Son, 1898. (1898)

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Item Description: London, Blackie & Son, 1898., 1898. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. No Jacket. 1st Edition. 4to. Edited with a 7 page preface by Henry Irving. Also edited with notes and introductions to each play by Frank A. Marshall. Life of Shakespeare by Edward Dowden. Frontispiece, facsimiles and drawings by Gordon Browne and others. 1/2 brown morocco over green cloth, spines lettered in gilt (rubbing). Very good. 8 volumes. Bookseller Inventory # 301188

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William Shakespeare

Published by Star and Morning Leader, London (1900)

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Item Description: Star and Morning Leader, London, 1900. HardBack. Book Condition: Very Good. First edition. 39 volumes complete set. Rare from this seminal publisher. Remarkably clean tight sound square, in the trademark linen backed magenta cloth with bright gilt title to upper, some very very gently rubbed to spine, all edges bright gilt. Bookseller Inventory # 100044337

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SHAKESPEARE, William. [REID, Forrest]

Published by Archibald Constable & Co. Ltd,, Westminster: (1902)

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Item Description: Archibald Constable & Co. Ltd,, Westminster:, 1902. First edition thus. [REID, Forrest]. THE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE: HAMLET [and] KING LEAR. ['Hamlet' and 'King Lear' bound in one volume; issued as Volume XVI of 'The Works of William Shakespeare']. Octavo, red cloth, intricately stamped in gilt on spine [with 'Constable' imprint at base of spine pp. [iv], 178; 151, top edge gilt, illustrated (with color pictorial title page and with full-page color plate by Gerald Moira and F. C. Cowper). Author Forrest Reid's copy, with his ink signature on front flyleaf, dated in year of publication: "Forrest Reid 15/9 '02," and with Reid's extensive ink annotations on approximately 130 pages (of the 178 pages that make up the portion of text devoted to 'Hamlet'). Forrest Reid's copy, with his extensive ink annotations to 130 pages of text. Historian Kenneth Hamilton's ink signature on front flyleaf [Reid's book 'A Garden by the Sea' was dedicated to Kenneth Hamilton]. Spine is moderately rubbed, with light wear to cloth at tips of spine and corners, few soil marks on rear cover, scattered foxing to text, else a very good copy. Bookseller Inventory # 61979

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Staunton, Howard (ed)

Published by George Routledge and Sons, London (1881)

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Item Description: George Routledge and Sons, London, 1881. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Condition: No Jackets. Gilbert, John (illustrator). Numbered, De Luxe, Morocco. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. 39vol.set (missing vol.1,no.1); HBs half-bound blk.'Morroco'leather&marble w/gilt; heavy rub&heavy wear w/clean,tight pgs. This is a very rare set of Shakespeare--all plays+poems,sonnets,etc. Quote from original advert (dated 1895): "The undersigned (dealer in rare and beautiful books), has, unexpectedly and fortunately, been able to buy a very limited number of Sets of this Shakespeare at a price which permits him to offer it, bound in 40 volumes, half Morocco, gilt top.Thus having it a play to the volume and making it more pleasing than in its original bulky form in 15 volumes, and changing the binding from cloth to half Morocco." unfortunately set is missing the very first volume. This is #226 of1,000. set is extremely fragile w/backstrips,etc.degrading&3vols.re-rebound. includes original advert + provenance ephemera 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 020075

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SHAKESPEARE, William

Published by Phillips and Sampson, Boston (1846)

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Item Description: Phillips and Sampson, Boston, 1846. Hardcover. Seven volume set. Octavo. Frontispiece portrait in Volume I, rebound in later full brown morocco. Leather gilt with raised bands on spine with some rubbing at the extremities and light foxing to some pages about near fine. A handsome early American set of Shakespeare's works along with a biography and literary notes. Bookseller Inventory # 323366

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William Shakespeare

Published by Collins, UK (1900)

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Item Description: Collins, UK, 1900. Full-Leather. Book Condition: Near Fine. New Edition. 48mo - over 3" - 4" tall. New Edition Circa 1900. Undated. The Bijou Shakespeare. Six volumes boxed set. Approx 14 illustrations per volume. India paper. Full calf leather with elaborate tooling to spine and boards. Marbled endpapers. Top Quality set. In matching leather bound wood and leather box. Books are near fine and in wonderful bright condition. Contents excellent. The box is very good++ with slight edge rubbing. PLEASE DOUBLE CLICK ON THE PICTURE TO ENLARGE. Digital images available upon request.Ref 6649. Bookseller Inventory # 009765

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Shakespeare William

Published by Chiswick C. Whittingham 1823 (1823)

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Item Description: Chiswick C. Whittingham 1823, 1823. First edition thus. Additional woodcut title, vignette on printed title, and cul-de-lampe. 8vo, A beautiful edition in contemporary straight-grained maroon morocco; richly gilt with blind stamped flower borders on upper and lower covers; gilt floral designs between raised, gilt stamped bands on spine and gilt lettering; edges beautifully gilt and gauffered; soft purple endpapers. 2 ff, 666 pp. A fine, elegant edition in excellent condition. A FINE COPY OF SHAKESPEARE’S WORKS. Charles Whittingham was the "‘uncle’, printer and founder of the Chiswick Press." However, even before setting up this press, Whittingham had set precedents in printing, typography, types of paper used and for being the "‘first printer to develop fully the overlaying of wood engravings for book illustration,’ and was the first to print woodcuts perfectly." [Dict of Nat’l Bio] Whittingham also distinguished himself for producing compact editions of authors put out by rival booksellers for less money. Thus, he made it possible for more people to read contemporary authors. A very beautiful and complete edition. This binding is in the style of the best London binders of the period. Bookseller Inventory # 16025

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Shakespeare, William

Published by Shakespeare Head Press

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Item Description: Shakespeare Head Press. 3/4's Red Leather. First of This Edition. 10 vols. expanded to 20 vols. The red leather on spines has darkened. One of the vols. has a detached, but present front cover. The cloth part of the bindings has a beautiful floral decoration. Bookseller Inventory # 124064

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Shakespeare, William;Knight, Charles

Published by George Routledge and Sons, New York (1899)

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Item Description: George Routledge and Sons, New York, 1899. Cloth. Book Condition: Near Fine. Various (illustrator). First Edition Thus. 32mo - over 4" - 5" tall. New York: Routledge, 1899. 32mo. First of this edition. A very beautiful set of Shakespeare, 13 volumes (complete) in fine burgundy red cloth, blindstamped decoration, gilt titles and decoration on spine, top edge gilt. Each volume is 3.5" x 5" and approximately 271 pp. with yellow floral endpapers, frontispiece and additional illustrations by different period artists. Vintage signature on ffep. Slight bumping to top and bottom of spine. Volumes are near fine and appear largely unread. A very lovely set of books. Bookseller Inventory # 002772

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William Shakespere [Shakespeare]; Charles Knight, [Editor]

Published by London: Virtue & Co, Limited, 1875? (1875)

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Item Description: London: Virtue & Co, Limited, 1875?, 1875. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fair. No Jacket. 1st Edition. IMPERIAL EDITION. Folio, 39.1*30*15.5cm, wt:12.8kg, 810pp+778pp. Brown leather spines over cloth boards, marbled endpapers, top edge gilt. Wear and tear to covers, rubbing at page edges. Front hinge of 1 volume weak with a crack, but still holding. UNDATED, but presumed around 1875. Complete with 51 fine steel plates. All pages and illustrations neat and clean, except for slightest foxing to margins of a few plates. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-9004026593

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Collier, J. Payne, Esq. F.S.A. - Editor.

Published by London. Whitaker & Co. -1844 (1842)

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Item Description: London. Whitaker & Co. -1844, 1842. 1st Edition 1842-1844 of an entirely new collation of the old editions, in 8 volumes, with volume 9 being a Supplemental Volume of Notes and Emendations from early manuscript corrections. Very fine. HB set. Olive green leather covered boards with intricate impressed gilt work borders, vertical spine titles gilt with 5 raised bands, spine panels lavishly decorated impressed gilt. Covers in excellent condition with very slight wear to some raised bands. All end papers multi-coloured marbled gloss, with 0.5cm superb impressed gilt border to FEPs and REPs. 14.5 x 22cm tall. (Complete set of 9 volumes very heavy 9 Kg. 220g.). All pages very clean, all page edges brightly gilded. Additional plain leaves at front and back of each volume lightly foxed. Each volume individually described as follows. Vol. I. Frontis. 'Portrait of William Shakespeare, b/w engraving by H. Cook, from the 1623 folio edition. (Pages to ccxci contain History of the Stage; The Life of Shakespeare, His Will etc., and Glossarial Index), plus 275pp. WH. containing The Tempest; The Two Gentlemen of Verona, and The Merry Wives of Windsor. Vol. II. 563pp. WH. contains Measure for Measure; The Comedy of Errors; Much Ado about Nothing; Love's Labours Lost; Midsummer Nights Dream; and the Merchant of Venice. Vol. III. 542pp. WH. Contains As You Like it; The Taming of the Shrew; All's Well that ends Well; Twelfth Night; and The Winter's Tale. Vol. IV. 576pp. WH. Contains King John; King Richard II; First part of King Henry IV; Second part of King Henry IV; and King Henry V. Vol. V. 609pp. WH. Contains First part of King Henry VI; Second part of King Henry VI; Third part of King Henry VI; King Richard III; and King Henry VIII. Vol. VI. 590pp. WH. Contains Troilus and Cressida; Coriolanus; Titus Andronicus; Romeo and Juliet; and Timon of Athens. Vol. VII. 630pp. WH. Contains Julius Caesar; Macbeth; Hamlet; King Lear; and Othello. Vol. VIII. 580pp. WH. Contains Anthony and Cleopatra; Cymbeline; Pericles; and poems Venus and Adonis, Lucrece, Sonnets, A Lover's Compaint, and The Passionate Pilgrim. Vol. IX. Entitled 'Notes and Emendations', Second Edition revised and enlarged, and dated 1853. Contains notes and emendations to the Text of Shakespeare's Plays from early manuscript corrections in a copy of the Folio 1632, which is in the possession of the Editor, and is a supplemental volume to the Works of Shakespeare in 8 volumes by the same editor. A very fine set, tight volumes, in excellent condition. Bookseller Inventory # 43478

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Shakespeare, William

Published by Edward Moxon., London (1857)

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Item Description: Edward Moxon., London, 1857. Full Calf. Book Condition: Near Fine. First edition thus. The first edition of the best known work of Alexander Dyce. To quote the DNB, "a vast number of Shakespearean students regard it as the most readable and satisfactory of all the editions of the dramatist." It is also a notable publication of Edward Moxon, the great publisher of English literature. The 1857 original edition is quite scarce. 8vo. 6 volumes. With the half-titles. Engraved portrait in Volume 1. Cont. full green pebbled calf, possibly a publisher's deluxe binding. A.e.g. Extremities a bit rubbed but a very nice set. Bookseller Inventory # 7987

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Item Description: The Complete Works of WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE!! Including a Life of Shakespeare, with some new facts concerning his life! Complete 8 books bound into 4-volumes. ILLUSTRATED with Full Page Engraved Plates protected in tissue, worthy of framing!See the pictures.! Bound in highest quality morocco leather bindings! Raised hubs on the spines! All edges are cased in gilt! Gilded floral motif! Marbled end papers! Well laid out, large font, rag style paper, very wide margins! Philadelphia, John E Potter; no date circa 1880; First Edition by this publisher.These are very large books measuring 9.75 Inches Tall!! These books weigh over 4-5lb each, unpacked! VERY GOOD, Near Mint Condition. All hinges strongly and fully attached. Very well preserved, light general rubs/wear. Very tightly bound, no writing or signs of previous ownership. This is a gorgeous set in exceptional condition!! Very clean internally, and about free of foxing, quality rag style paper; this is an exceptionally high quality set with highly detailed engraved plates. Please see the many pictures of the illustrated plates. This set displays particularly well! This would make an excellent gift and/or addition to any library. Antiquarian books make a great investment and are only going up in value. We will pack very securely to ensure safe arrival at your doorstep. All books are individually wrapped and professionally padded. We double wrap and will leave plenty of space between this purchase and the walls of the box. We fill this space with plenty of padding. Customer Service is very important. We offer a full refund if the item is not as described. Our goal is complete customer satisfaction. Please contact us with any questions. Detailed pictures are available for this listing but have not yet been uploaded to Abebooks. Please email me to request pictures. Sets and collections may require additional postage. I will ship internationally. Bookseller Inventory # 1792

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Halliwell (afterwards Halliwell-Phillipps), J.O.

Published by Printed for private circulation, Brixton Hill, London, first edition, 1852. (1852)

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Item Description: Printed for private circulation, Brixton Hill, London, first edition, 1852., 1852. One of 80 copies printed on thick paper and signed by the publisher. Blind-stamped cloth, gilt spine-title, 4to, viii,135 pp, ills, facs. 120 items. Scarce. From the preface: " the collection.is the only one of any magnitude yet formed, really illustrative of the life and works of our great dramatic poet.if I can neither produce letters nor autographs, there are yet recorded in the following pages a sufficient number of important illustrative objects to render the whole well deserving the attention of every Shakespearian student." Covers rubbed, long splits to joints, first few leaves foxed, contents otherwise Good. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-35540

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Shakespeare, William; Morley, Christopher (preface); Wright, William Aldis (ed); Kent, Rockwell (illus)

Published by Doubleday, Doran, Garden City, NY (1936)

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Item Description: Doubleday, Doran, Garden City, NY, 1936. Hardcover. First Edition Thus/Limited Edition. Light toning to vellum labels, bookplate of noted Kent collector Eliot Stanley at front pastedowns (printed by Anthoennsen Press), touch of toning at endpages (as typical), else tight, bright and unmarred. Slipcase shows light/moderate shelf/edge wear, wear at fore-edge, most seams split, all seams reinforced with Japanese hinge paper at inside, several small bits of tape at upper seams, moisture spotting at top and onlay, else clean. Blue beveled cloth boards, vellum spine labels, gilt lettering and decorative elements, frontispiece(s), teg. 4to. 1527pp. Illus. (b/w plates). Limited numbered edition, this being 543 of 750, signed by Kent. The Cambridge Edition text, edited by William Wright. Preface by Christopher Morley. Each play is illustrated with a full page plate by Rockwell Kent (titled at verso). Designed by A.P. Tedesco and printed at the Country Life Press. Infamous for a slipcase with paper seams (unreinforced, no cloth, etc) so prone to failure it is nearly impossible to find intact/undamaged. Noted flaws to the slipcase notwithstanding, a very handsome set. Near Fine [Textblock Fine] in Good+ Slipcase. Bookseller Inventory # 5505

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Shakespeare, William

Published by Virtue & Co. London nd (1870's) nd (1870's), London (1870)

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Item Description: Virtue & Co. London nd (1870's) nd (1870's), London, 1870. Folio sized Steel Engravings (illustrator). First thus. Spectacular Binding Vol 1 2" sp crack, vol 2 restored sp crk VG Perhaps the most beautiful edition of Shakespeare's Works ever printed. The bindings are in gilt panelled red morocco, blindsta blindstamped, with raised bands, gilt panelled spine. partial spine crack on volume one, otherwise a VG+ copy. Bookseller Inventory # 058543

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