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Shakespeare William

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

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

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

SHAKESPEARE, WILLIAM

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

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

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

Shakespeare, William

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

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

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Shakespeare, William

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

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

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The Works of William Shakespeare in Ten: Shakespeare, William

Shakespeare, William

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

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

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

John Boydell; William Shakespeare

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

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

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The Tragedy of Macbeth, The Tragedy of: Shakespeare, William

Shakespeare, William

Published by Printed for P[hilip] C[hetwinde], London (1664)

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Item Description: Printed for P[hilip] C[hetwinde], London, 1664. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. Two plays from the Third Folio, The Tragedy of Macbeth and The Tragedy of Hamlet. Bound in leather. Generally regarded as the rarest of the seventeenth-century folio editions. Book in fine condition, pages are fragile and brittle but very nice and clean. Housed in a custom-made slipcase. Bookseller Inventory # 1611006

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William Shakespear [William Shakespeare] and Nicholas Rowe (Editor)

Published by London - Jacob Tonson (1709)

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Item Description: London - Jacob Tonson, 1709. Hardcover. Book Condition: VERY GOOD. First edition. Six volumes of Tonson's dramatic works ofShakespeare. Volumes I-V are in uniform bindings as a set, with the pages trimmed down. Volume VI is bound in a different half calf binding with larger page sizes due to their not being trimmed as closely as volumes I-V. The sixth volume could be trimmed and bound to match. This is the first edition of this work, edited by Nicholas Rowe. It is the first edition of Shakespeare's works to be published in the eighteenth century and has been referred to as the first 'modern' edition of the plays. As stated to the title page of volume I this set was originally published as six volumes as seen here. A seventh volume was published by a different publisher, E Curll, a year later in 1710 whichaddedhis poetry and critical remarks on his plays by C Gildon and is sometimes seen bound together with this set. This set contains all six volumes of Shakespeare's dramatic works edited byRowe and isas originally published. Due to this work, Rowe is widely considered to be the first editor of Shakespeare. His practical knowledge helped him to divide the plays into both scenes and acts, including the entrances and exits of the players. He was also one of the first to prefix each play with a list of the dramatis personae and to write a 'life of the author'. The work is based on the somewhat textually corruptFourth Folio. To volume VI signature A4 under the 'here' of 'where. ' and to volume I signature 'A' under the 'G of Goodness'. This copy is not the lineatim reprint issued in the same year. [ESTC T138296]Rowe basing his edition on the Fourth Folio paved the way for eighteenth century editors of Shakespeare, as subsequently they tended to use theFourth Folio as their basis. This includes Alexander Pope. Jacob Tonson was an eighteenth-century English bookseller and publisher best known for having obtained a copyright on the plays of William Shakespeare by buying the rights of the heirs of the publisher of the Fourth Folio after the Statue of Anne came into effect, the first statute to provide for copyright regulated by the government rather than private partiesEach play has a separate title page with the imprint 'printed in the year 1709'Volume I The Tempest, Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Measure for Measure, The Comedy of Errors, Much AdoAbout Nothing, Love's Labour's Lost. Volume II: A Midsummer Night's Dream, Merchant of Venice, As You Like It, Taming of the Shrew, All's Well that Ends Well, Twelfth night, The Winter's TaleVolume III: King John, King Richard II, King Henry IV Part I, Henry IV Part II, King Henry V, King Henry VI Part I, King Henry VI Part II. Volume IV: King Henry VI Part III, Richard III, King Henry VIII, Troilus and Cressida, Coriolanus, Titus Andronicus. Volume V: Romeo and Juliet, Timon of Athens, Julius Caesar, Macbeth, Hamlet, King Lear, Othello. VI: Anthony and Cleopatra, Cymbeline, Pericles Prince of Tyre, London Prodigal, Tomas Lord Cromwell, Sir John Oldcastle, The Puritan, a Yorkshire Tragedy and Locrine. This is the first ever illustrated works of Shakespeare, with a plate per play and frontispiece to each volume. With a frontispiece and eight plates to volume I,seven plates to volume II, seven plates to volume III, six plates to volume IV, frontispiece and seven plates to volume V and a frontispiece and nine plates to volume VI. Volumes II, III and IV arebound withoutthe frontispiece of Shakespeare (indentical in each volume). Volume I, V and VI, have this frontispiece present. Volume II, uses Midsummer Night's Dream frontis instead, volume III uses King John frontis as main frontispiece, volume IV uses the frontis to Henry VI part 3. With the bookplate of Sir Archibald Grand of Monymoske, Bart, to the frontpastedown of volume I. Grant wasa politician and agricultural improver. From the antiquarian library of Christopher Rowe. Christopher Rowe was a schoolmaster in Norwich and then in Bristol. Throughout his career heinspired many to love literature, h. Bookseller Inventory # 052491

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The Tragedy of Troilus and Cressida, The: Shakespeare, William

Shakespeare, William

Published by Printed for P[hilip] C[hetwinde], London (1664)

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Item Description: Printed for P[hilip] C[hetwinde], London, 1664. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. 1st Edition. Four plays from the Third Folio, including The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet. Bound in leather. Generally regarded as the rarest of the seventeenth-century folio editions. Book in near fine condition, pages are fragile and brittle but very nice and clean, piece of paper in middle of prologue page detached, small tear at bottom of page; a few small tears on some pages. Housed in a custom-made slipcase. Bookseller Inventory # 1611005

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Life Of King Henry The Fifth, First: Shakespeare, William

Shakespeare, William

Published by Printed for P[hilip] C[hetwinde], London (1664)

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Item Description: Printed for P[hilip] C[hetwinde], London, 1664. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. 1st Edition. Four plays from the Third Folio, Life Of King Henry The Fifth, First Part Of King Henry The Sixth, Second Part Of King Henry The Sixth, Third Part Of King Henry The Sixth. Bound in leather. Generally regarded as the rarest of the seventeenth-century folio editions. Book in near fine to very good condition, pages are fragile and brittle but very nice and clean, piece missing at bottom of Epilogue page. Some repair at first few pages. Housed in a custom-made slipcase. Bookseller Inventory # 1611007

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The Poems of William Shakespeare: SHAKESPEARE, WILLIAM

SHAKESPEARE, WILLIAM

Published by Kelmscott Press, Middlesex (1893)

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

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William Shakespeare; Alexander Pope

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

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

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GIELGUD, Sir John]. SHAKESPEARE.

Published by Im Inselverlag. MDCCCCXIII, Leipzig (1913)

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

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From the library of actor Charlton Heston: SHAKESPEARE, William

SHAKESPEARE, William

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

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

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Shakespeare

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

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

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Shakespeare, William; Shakspeare

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

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

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SHAKESPEARE, [William] [1564-1616].

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

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

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

Shakespeare, William

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

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

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

Shakespeare, William

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

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

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

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

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

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WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE: Shakespeare William; [Fine

Shakespeare William; [Fine Press Books; Shakespeare Head Press]

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

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Item Description: Stratford-On-Avon The Shakespeare Head Press 1904, 1904. 10 volumes. First Edition printed by the Shakespeare Head Press. Limited and Numbered, this being copy number 131. Illustrated with the Droeshout and Chandos portraits as frontispieces as well as the additional gravure frontispieces of known portraits of Shakespeare to every volume. 4to, beautifully bound in three-quarter red morocco by Bayntun of Bath. The spines are decorated with panel designs separated by raised bands gilt stopped, two compartments lettered in gilt, t.e.g. A very fine and very handsome copy of this beautifully printed work. FIRST AND BEST EDITION PRODUCED BY THE SHAKESPEARE HEAD PRESS IN STRATFORD-ON-AVON. The Shakespeare Head Press was the dream child of A. H. Bullen, who wished to produce beautiful editions of Shakespeare’s works-- set, printed and bound in the famed author’s home town of Stratford-Upon-Avon. The press expanded significantly over the years and printed many wonderful editions by a plethora of writers. The books were printed for A.H. Bullen and F. Sidgwick at the press, in the house of Julius Shaw the poet's friend and one of the witnesses to his will. The text with essays by H.C. Beeching, Robert Bridges, Henry Davey, E.K. Chambers, J.J. Jusserand and M.H. Spielmann. The type was composed under the supervision of T.E. Summerton. The whole was printed by F.S. Cooper. The work was begun in July, 1904 and finished in January 1907. Colin Franklin, writing in THE PRIVATE PRESSES, says that in the years after the death of A. H. Bullen (the Press's founder), the Shakespeare Head Press "became the most mature and sophisticated of the private presses, producing some works in the grand manner which are a great pleasure to read and examine now" (p. 147). This set indeed is "in the grand manner," beautifully printed on fine paper, and very handsomely bound and presented. This is a very pleasing binding from the period before Bayntun and Riviere were joined as a bookbinding concern. Such bindings are rarely seen in the marketplace preceding as they do, those of the joined firms. Bookseller Inventory # 28169

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The life and death of King John: William Shakespeares

William Shakespeares

Published by Tho.Cotes (1632)

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Item Description: Tho.Cotes, 1632. Encuadernación de tapa dura. Book Condition: Muy bien. 1ª Edición. London, 1632 Medio cuero, 22 paginas. Bookseller Inventory # LdA629

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The Works of Shakespear. In Six Volumes.: SHAKESPEARE, William.

Item Description: London: for Jacob Tonson [volume VII:] Printed by J. Darby, for A. Bettesworth, F. Fayram, W. Mears [and six others], 1725, 1725. 7 volumes, large quarto (286 x 223 mm). Contemporary mottled calf, spines sometime neatly rebacked to style and incorporating the original red and pale brown morocco twin labels, gilt floriate roll tool border on sides, red "combed" marbled edges, marbled endpapers. Bound without the engraved frontispiece portrait of Shakespeare, engraved plate of the Shakespeare monument (incorporating a portrait bust); scattered foxing and dust-marking, some general paper toning otherwise a very good set. First title printed in red and black, engraved head and tail-pieces, decorated initials. First edition of Pope's Shakespeare, the first collected edition in quarto, only the second modern edition of Shakespeare, 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. Pope had been working simultaneously on this and his celebrated translation of Homer, published the same year, for the past few years, and Tonson published them both in sumptuous quarto format, handsomely printed and decorated. Johnson states that Pope's remuneration for the Shakespeare was £217.12s, and that 750 copies were printed, although 140 were left unsold. (A supplementary volume with a preface by Dr. Sewell was added in 1725, but Pope had no part in it.) The first volume is dated 1725, the others 1723, suggesting that the first volume was printed last: certainly Tonson did not send Pope a proof of his Preface until 23 December 1724. Colin Franklin points out that Pope's was "the first Preface to an edition of Shakespeare" (Shakespeare Domesticated: The eighteenth-century editions, 1991, p. 62). Provenance: nineteenth century armorial bookplate of Sir John Bickerton Williams (1792–1855), nonconformist memorialist: "after the passing of the Municipal Corporations Act of 1835, Williams was elected an alderman of Shrewsbury, and in November 1836 became mayor, the first dissenter so appointed. In this capacity he presented an address to the duke of Sussex, and this introduction to the duke led to a friendship based on their mutual literary interests. To this friendship he owed the knighthood bestowed on 19 July 1837 by Queen Victoria, the first of her reign" (ODNB). Ford, Shakespeare 1700–1740, pp. 19–21; Griffith 149; Jaggard, p. 498. Bookseller Inventory # 117830

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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. 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. Size: 5.0" x 6.75" Language: eng. Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # 010212

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Tales from Shakespeare: Designed for the use: SHAKESPEARE, William.) LAMB,

SHAKESPEARE, William.) LAMB, Charles [& Mary.]

Published by London: printed for Thomas Hodgkins, at the Juvenile Library, 1807 (1807)

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Item Description: London: printed for Thomas Hodgkins, at the Juvenile Library, 1807, 1807. 2 volumes, duodecimo (160 × 99 mm). Contemporary black straight-grain half morocco, marbled sides, titles to spines gilt, gilt ruled to spines and covers, marbled edges. Faint ownership signature to front pastedown and contemporary ownership inscription to title page of each volume. Spine ends and tips rubbed, boards scuffed and rubbed, a little wear to edges, a couple of tiny worm holes to joints, a little worm-tracing hinges, occasional faint mark or spot of foxing to contents. An excellent set. 20 engraved illustrations by William Mulready. First edition, first impression with the imprint of the printer T. Davison on the verso of p. 235, vol. I, and with the Hanway Street address in the final adverts. The Tales were chiefly the work of Charles's sister Mary Lamb, who had previously written Mrs Leicester's School and edited Poetry for Children for William Godwin's Juvenile Library. Fourteen of the twenty adaptations were by Mary, the rest by Charles. "Originally the Tales were to be anonymous but Godwin persuaded the unreluctant Charles to have his name printed on the title-page" (St Clair, The Godwins and the Shelleys). The Tales quickly became a favourite and have been in print ever since. Ashley III.42; Gumuchian 3614; Muir, English Childrens' Books 102-3. Bookseller Inventory # 116180

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The Works of Shakespear. Carefully Revised and: SHAKESPEARE, William

SHAKESPEARE, William

Published by . Imprimatur. Gualt Hodges, Vice-Can. Oxon 17441743, Oxford (1744)

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Item Description: . Imprimatur. Gualt Hodges, Vice-Can. Oxon 17441743, Oxford, 1744. Hardcover. First edition thus. Six volumes, complete Large quarto. skillfully rebacked to style in mid-1900s, contemporary speckled boards, all edges stained red. Illustrated with copper engraved frontispiece portrait of Shakespeare, two plates of the Westminster and Stratford monuments, 36 copper engraved plates (one for each play) and many decorative tailpieces by Hubert Gravelot after Francis Hayman. Gravelot actually created five of the plates due to time constraints. From the library of U.S. District Court Judge Edward J. Schwartz, 1912-2000. Sir Thomas Hanmer, 4th Baronet (24 September 1677 Ð 7 May 1746) was Speaker of the House of Commons from 1714 to 1715, discharging the duties of the office with conspicuous impartiality. He is, however, perhaps best remembered as being one of the early editors of the works of William Shakespeare.Hanmer's Shakespeare was published at Oxford in 1743-44, with nearly forty illustrations by Francis Hayman and Hubert Gravelot. The Cambridge History of English and American Literature states that "The print and binding were magnificent, and caused its value to rise to nine guineas, when Warburton's edition was going for eighteen shillings.". [Jaggard 499. Grolier, Shakespeare's Plays 11. Lowndes 2260]. Some rubbing of edges of some boards, very light scattered foxing, overall very nice. Armorial bookplate in each volume. Bookseller Inventory # 34004

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THE TEMPEST: RACKHAM, Arthur; SHAKESPEARE,

RACKHAM, Arthur; SHAKESPEARE, William

Published by London William Heinemann Ltd (1926)

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

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Shakespeare, William

Published by 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, one cover detached 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

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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