The Family Shakspeare in Eight Volumes, in Which Nothing is Added to the Original Text, But Those Words And Expressions are Omitted Which Cannot with Propriety be Read Aloud in a Family. COMPLETE IN EIGHT VOLUMES.

William Shakespeare

Published by Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme and Brown, 1823
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Edited by Thomas Bowdler. Complete in eight volumes. The third edition of the famous "Bowdlerized" Shakespeare, which went into so many editions. After Bowdler's death in 1825, the spelling in later editions was changed to "Shakespeare." Bookplates of Nathan Appleton, founder of Lowell, and pioneer manufacturer of New England, a Bostonian patriarch who would not have allowed his family to read anything scandalous. Tipped-in on a few blank pages are clipped reviews of Fanny Kemble, that great Shakespearean actress, on stage at the Tremont Temple in Boston, in Coriolanus, Winter's Tale, King John, Henry IV, Hamlet, and The Tempest. The review of Hamlet is in Volume VIII, on the half-title to Hamlet, with the pencil notatation "Visited U.S. in 1832." She came to Boston, visited the Granite Railway in Quincy, and was probably seen in performance by the Appletons. Bound in half-green calf with marbled boards. Several spine labels are torn or missing. The front board of Vol. I is hanging by a thread, the back hinge is cracked, and 1/3 of the spine is missing. The front hinge of Vol. VI is loose, and all volumes show considerable wear to extremities. Internally fine but for occasional light foxing. A fascinating document in the history of the reception of Shakespeare, and of the theatre in Boston. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory #

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Title: The Family Shakspeare in Eight Volumes, in ...
Publisher: Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme and Brown
Publication Date: 1823
Binding: Half-Leather
Book Condition: Good +
Edition: Third Edition.

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