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SHAKESPEARE (William)

Published by London: Printed by Tho. Cotes, and are to be sold by John Benson, dwelling in St. Dunstans Church-yard, 1640 (1640)

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About this Item: London: Printed by Tho. Cotes, and are to be sold by John Benson, dwelling in St. Dunstans Church-yard, 1640, 1640. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. SHAKESPEARE (William): POEMS: Written by Wil. Shake-speare. Gent.  London: Printed by Tho. Cotes, and are to be sold by John Benson, dwelling in St. Dunstans Church-yard, 1640. 8vo, engraved Portrait Frontispiece by William Marshall after Droeshout, with verses below. Two letterpress title pages, both with woodcut printer’s device, the second undated, title-page extended and remargined at bottom, tiny abrasion at top of frontispiece, catchword *3 carelessly printed and punched through, final leaf (M4) extended; russet morocco by Bedford, covers gilt paneled, marbled endpapers, spine and edges gilt. FIRST COLLECTED EDITION. This edition by Benson brings together all but eight of the sonnets: “A Lover’s Complaint”, “The Passionate Pilgrim” (mostly not by Shakespeare), “The Phoenix and the Turtle” (attributed to Shakespeare), and elegies and other poems honoring Shakespeare by Jonson, Milton, Digges, Herrick, Strode, Carew, and others. Benson famously reorganized the sonnets, probably out of concern that an old-fashioned sonnet sequence would not appeal to the generation of the Cavalier Poets. Many are run together to form poems of twenty-eight lines or more, and all are given titles. Benson also made some effort to disguise the homoerotic content of some sonnets, perhaps most strikingly in his changes to Sonnet 101 (“O truant Muse, what shall be thy amends”), which he runs together with Sonnet 100 under the title “An invocation of his Muse” while he also switches the gender of the pronouns to make the poet’s lover female. References: STC 22344; ESTC S106377; Bartlett 27; Grolier/Langland to Wither 84; Hayward 30; Pfozheimer 880 Provenance: Alfred Henry Huth (Morocco label) – Christie’s New York, 18 November 1977, lot 115 (undesignated consignor) – Sotheby’s London, 26 April 1982, lot 439 (“Property of a Gentleman”) – Robert S. Pirie, purchased at the foregoing sale through Bernard Quaritch – Sotheby’s New York, 3 December 2015, lot 729 (“Collection of Robert S Pirie”). Seller Inventory # shakespeare_poems

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Shakespeare William

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

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About this Item: 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. Seller 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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About this Item: London: by Tho. Cotes, for Robert Allot, 1632, 1632. Hardcover. 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. Seller 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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About this Item: 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). Seller Inventory # 5605

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The Tragedy of Hamlet Prince of Denmark.: SHAKESPEARE, WILLIAM

SHAKESPEARE, WILLIAM

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

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About this Item: Andr. Clark, for J. Martyn, and H. Herringman, London, 1676. Morocco. Condition: Very Good. Sixth edition. THE SCARCE 1676 "PLAYERS' QUARTO" AND FIRST DAVENANT EDITION. THE A. EDWARD NEWTON COPY. FIRST PRINTING, WITH FOUR-LINE IMPRINT. The 1676 "Players' Quarto" is the sixth overall quarto printing of Hamlet (Q6) and the first printing since the Restoration. It is the first edition to list the players (including two women, who in the Restoration were allowed to appear on the stage for the first time) and the first edition to divide the play into acts. Also, known as the first Davenant edition, the text was edited and prepared by William Davenant, "the man mainly responsible for the return of Shakespeare's plays to the London stage at the Restoration" (DNB). Q6 is particularly significant for our understanding of how Shakespeare was received during the Restoration, for the whole text is included, but with indications of which lines were omitted during performances. "As has been pointed out, 'Davenant's importance as a champion of continuity can hardly be overestimated. When he came to direct Shakespeare plays and adaptations at his own theatre in Lincoln's Inn Field, he stood at the centre of the transmission of acting traditions going back to Elizabethan days.' It may then by of considerable interest that we have specific information about Davenant's Restoration abridgement of Shakespeare's Hamlet. The tragedy was among the few plays that were not 'improved'. Hamlet remained Hamlet, both in performance and in print. "Davenant's version survives in the players' quarto of 1676, which provided what no other earlier quarto had done before: the original authorial and the then current theatrical text. According to the title page, the play was printed 'as it is now acted at His Highness the Duke of York's Theatre.' Between the title page and the beginning of the text, a note in large print, taking up an entire page, reads: To the Reader, This Play being too long to be conveniently Acted, such places as might be least prejudicial to the Plot or Sense, are left out upon the Stage: but that we may no way wrong the incomparable Author, are here inserted according to the Original Copy with this Mark " "Peter Holland has commented that the above address 'is a complex and resonant one. It marks one step in the opening of an explicit gap between text and performance in the representation of the text'. While earlier publications had generally claimed to render a dramatic text either according to the original copy or as it has been performed, the present quarto is the first one that shows an awareness of the discrepancy between authorial and performance texts and attempts to record both" (Lukas Erne, Shakespeare as Literary Dramatist). Provenance: The A. Edward Newton copy, with his classic bookplate on the front pastedown. A. Edward Newton was one of America's legendary book collectors and book enthusiasts. After his death in 1940, much of his library was auctioned by Parke-Bernet Galleries in New York, in 1941. This volume is listed as Lot 192 in the action catalog for his sale ("Part III"), October 29, 30, 1941. Note: There are two printings with 1676 on the title page. According to Greg, this is the first printing, with the four-line imprint. Another printing dated 1676 has a five-line imprint; Greg proposes that the five-line imprint was issued "some years later". London: printed by Andr. Clark, for J. Martyn, and H. Herringman, 1676. Quarto (148 x 206mm) nineteenth-century three-quarter blue levant morocco by Root; elaborately gilt-decorated spine, marbled boards, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. Upper joint tender. Repaired closed tears to title page with rear reinforcement near the gutter and inner margin of imprint. "To the Reader" with repaired closed tear and small reinforcement near gutter. Some early pages closely cropped, affecting head-lines. AN EXTREMELY SCARCE AND IMPORTANT EDITION OF ARGUABLY SHAKESPEARE'S GREATEST WORK. Seller Inventory # 2060

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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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About this Item: 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 rubbed on volume VI, few volumes with minor wrinkling to spine ends, else a fine copy in creamy full limp vellum stamped in gilt. (Tomkinson p. 229, Ransom p. 9). Seller Inventory # 23261

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Hamlet; The Tragedie Of Hamlet Prince Of: William Shakespeare, Count

William Shakespeare, Count Harry Kessler, Edward Gordon Craig, Eric Gill, Aristide Maillol; ad personam Harry Kessler

Published by Cranach Press, Weimar (1930)

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About this Item: Cranach Press, Weimar, 1930. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good +. Edward Gordon Craig; Eric Gill (illustrator). First edition. Weimar: Cranach Press, 1930. The Red Count's Hamlet.Count Harry Kessler's very own copy of the Cranach Hamlet, bound in full red-brick levant morocco leather by Otto Dorfner, signed binding. This is by far the best binding of the book, one of perhaps three dozen bound thus (Brinks 140) The colophon in this copy, printed in red, states simply: "This copy is not for sale It was printed for Count Harry Kessler" For this copy, Count Kessler had Dorfner additionally bind in (at the rear) the two full page advertisements for the English edition, both on the same Malliol-Kessler paper. J Dover Wilson's "Notes on The Tragedie of Hamlet," is inserted (as usual) into a sliding compartment attach to the inside back board. The interior of the book is in excellent condition: there is some bottom edge foxing on the following pages 76-81 (three leaves) and 124-127 (two leaves), not affecting the text or images. The book was printed damp, and these leaves may have had a little extra moisture. In any event, this is not a storage defect. Binding is sound. Conservator Stuart Brockman has expertly inserted thin vellum tabs under the leather spine, reducing pressure on the boards, allowing the book to be opened safely. The front board gutter has also been lightly refurbished. The book is housed in a matching red-brick quarter morocco clamshell, also by Brockman, with his binder's tag. This copy was likely with Kessler in Lyon when he died as it came to the previous owner through a binder in Lyon. This is the first appearance of the book in trade and an unqualified high-spot of fine printing. Seller Inventory # 3331

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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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About this Item: London: John and Josiah Boydell, 1803, 1803. Hardcover. 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. Seller Inventory # ABE-13693951099

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The Works of Mr William Shakespear: William Shakespear [William

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

Published by London - Jacob Tonson (1709)

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About this Item: London - Jacob Tonson, 1709. Hardcover. 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. Seller Inventory # 052491

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The Poems of William Shakespeare: SHAKESPEARE, WILLIAM

SHAKESPEARE, WILLIAM

Published by Kelmscott Press, Middlesex (1893)

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About this Item: Kelmscott Press, Middlesex, 1893. Leather. 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. Seller Inventory # 17301

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SHAKESPEARE, WILLIAM.

Published by The Cranach Press, Weimar (1930)

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About this Item: The Cranach Press, Weimar, 1930. Full Leather. Condition: Very Good. First English Language Edition. One of the most strikingly beautiful illustrated books of the twentieth century. This is No. 32 of a limited edition of 300 copies, and one of approximately 50 copies bound in full red morocco leather. Printed in red & black in a type designed by Edward Johnston after the Mainz Psalter of 1457. With a title-cut by Eric Gill and wood-engraved illustrations designed and cut by Edward Gordon Craig. Signed binding by Dorfner, bound in full red morocco with raised bands, Complete with supplement housed in rear pocket. Also present is a one-page promotional letter from Random House, signed by Bennett Cerf. The book is in very good plus condition. Spine is very slightly darkened, with a touch of rubbing to joints and tips. Housed in a custom-made slipcase and black leather clamshell box. Digital photographs available upon request. Seller Inventory # 008815

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THE PLAYERS' SHAKESPEARE Comprising: The Tragedie of: Shakespeare, William; illustrated

Shakespeare, William; illustrated by Albert Rutherston, Norman Wilkinson, Thomas Lowinsky, Charles Ricketts, Paul Nash, Ernst Stern; introduction by Harley Granville-Barker

Published by London: Printed at the Shakespeare Head Press for Ernest Benn Limited. - 1927 (1923)

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About this Item: London: Printed at the Shakespeare Head Press for Ernest Benn Limited. - 1927, 1923. First edition thus. Each copy number 1 of the Deluxe edition. Signed by the illustrators, art director and author of the introduction. Complete in seven volumes. Each volume in full green oasis morocco by either Riviere or Zaehnsdorf, with five raised bands, elaborate gilt decorated panles to the upper and lower boards within blindstamped rules. Top edge gilt, the others untrimmed. Printed on Batchelor's Kelmscott hand-made paper. Line blocks by Emery Walker. Large 4to. The Tragedie of Cymbeline, with five colour illustrations by Albert Rutherston; Loves Labour’s Lost with five colour illustrations by Norman Wilkinson; The Merchant Of Venice with five colour illustrations by Thomas Lowinsky; The Tragedie of Macbeth with twelve colour illustrations by Charles Ricketts; A Midsommer Nights Dreame with five pages of drawings [9] in black and white and five colour illustrations by Paul Nash; The Tragedie of Julius Caesar with ten pages of drawings in black and white and five colour illustrations by Ernest Stern; The Tragedie of King Lear with six pages of drawings in black and white and five colour illustrations by Paul Nash. An excellent set, the bindings with the occasional scuff or rubbed spot to the extremities are all square and firm, a few with some fading of the spine. A Midsommer Nights Dreame with a small unobtrusive ding to the head of the spine. The contents of each are entirely complete including all of the requisite loose tissue guards (some of which are spotted), all illustrations remain in fine, bright condition. The occasional foxing spot to the deckled edge of text block otherwise clean throughout and without previous owner’s inscriptions or stamps. A superbly produced and beautifully illustrated edition, offered in the most desirable deluxe issue. Each volume is signed by the artist in addition to Albert Rutherston and Harley Granville-Barker. This is presumably one of the publisher’s or contributors sets, each volume being copy number 1 (of a total limitation of 106). Due to each volume being published individually over a four year period complete sets are scarce in commerce. Further details and images for any of the items listed are available on request. Lucius Books welcomes direct contact with our customers. Seller Inventory # 14451

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William Shakespeare; Alexander Pope

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

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About this Item: 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. Seller Inventory # B1862

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GIELGUD, Sir John]. SHAKESPEARE

Published by Im Inselverlag. MDCCCCXIII, Leipzig (1913)

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About this Item: Im Inselverlag. MDCCCCXIII, Leipzig, 1913. Hardcover. 1st Edition. Leipzig: Im Inselverlag. MDCCCCXIII, 1913. 1st Edition. Hardcover. [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. Seller Inventory # 20776

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Shakespeare

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About this Item: Veuve Duchesne et autres puis Mérigot, Paris, 1776. Couverture Rigide Époque. Condition: Bon. Dust Jacket Condition: Très bon. 1ère Édition. 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. Seller Inventory # 000039

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The Plays of William Shakespeare, in eight: Shakespeare, William (ed.

Shakespeare, William (ed. Samuel Johnson)

Published by Printed for J. and R. Tonson, C. Corbet, H. Woodfall, J. Rivington, R. Baldwin, L. Hawes, Clark and Collins, W. Johnston, T. Caslon, T. Lownds, and the Executors of B. Dodd (1765)

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About this Item: Printed for J. and R. Tonson, C. Corbet, H. Woodfall, J. Rivington, R. Baldwin, L. Hawes, Clark and Collins, W. Johnston, T. Caslon, T. Lownds, and the Executors of B. Dodd, 1765. Hardcover. Condition: Near Fine. 1st Edition. Eight volumes. Octavo (8 1/4" x 5 3/16", 215mm x 131mm). For collation, see final image. Bound by Brian Frost (ex-Bayntun) signed on the upper edge of recto of the first free end paper of each volume) in XXc half green crushed morocco over green buckram boards. Double blind fillets at edges of morocco. On the spine, five raised bands. In the panels, a gilt musical ornament. Title and number gilt in second panel, editor gilt in third panel, date gilt at tail. Marbled end-papers. All edges un-trimmed. With gilt bookplate of Louis Auchincloss on upper fore-corner of front paste-down of vol. I. Johnson’s great variorum edition of Shakespeare, which with his Dictionary won him universal fame and renown throughout Britain, is built primarily on the 1747 edition of Warburton, though it includes references to Pope and to other editors (including the "Oxford editor", Hanmer), along with Milton and Homer and a great variety of authors. It includes Shakespeare’s last will and testament, perhaps its earliest publication. It is the rock upon which countless –nearly all modern –editions are founded. His preface marks the induction of Shakespeare into the canon: "The Poet, of whose works I have undertaken the revision, may now begin to assume the dignity of an ancient, and claim the privilege of established fame and prescriptive veneration. He has long outlived his century, the term commonly fixed as the test of literary merit." (Vol. I, A2r; editor’s preface.) Although contemplated as early as 1745, and publicly proposed in 1756, the great lexicographer’s edition did not appear until October 1765. A notice in The Gentleman’s Magazine (Vol. XXXV, p. 479 [October]) reads: Of this work all commendation is precluded by the just celebrity of the author, and the rapid sale of the impression which has already made a second necessary, though it has not been published a month This is hardly surprising, as Johnson had been sluggish in bringing the work out, as Churchill’s jibe in The Ghost (1762) attests: “He for subscribers baits his hook / And takes your cash–but where’s the book? / No matter where–Wise fear, we know, / Forbids the robbing of a foe; / And what, to serve out private ends, / Forbids the cheating of our friends?” The present item is nonetheless certainly of the first issue (1,000 copies), containing all but one of the cancellations listed in Chapman & Hazen (see above in collation of vol. I) and even one not noted: vol. III Kk4. They acknowledge that the presence or absence of cancels is hardly damning, as copies in deposit libraries (the BL and Bodley especially) vary, and many corrections seem to have been made at press (such that cancellantia and cancellanda are identical). The reason for the cancels, according to Chapman & Hazen (147), was to soften criticisms of Warburton. The connection with Louis Auchincloss (1917-1910), a New York “living landmark” and one of the great American novelists of the XXc, is particularly alluring because of Auchincloss’s “Motiveless Malignity” (1969), a collection of essays on Shakespeare (whose title comes from a letter of Coleridge). One likes to imagine the great chronicler of inherited status reading through this Shakespeare as he formulated his ideas RB. Adam Library of Samuel Johnson, II.(16); Chapman & Hazen 146-147; Courtney & Smith 107; Ebisch & Schuckling 54; ESTC T138601; Fleeman 65; Grolier, Shakespeare’s Plays 16; Wm. Jaggard (1901) 501; Pforzheimer 911. Seller Inventory # 50431

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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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About this Item: Isaac Jaggard, Edward Blount and others, London, 1623. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. 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). Seller Inventory # 002414

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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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About this Item: 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. Seller Inventory # elala3796

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The Works. The Text of the First: SHAKESPEARE, William.

SHAKESPEARE, William.

Published by London: Nonesuch Press, 1929-33 (1929)

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About this Item: London: Nonesuch Press, 1929-33, 1929. 7 volumes, large octavo. Original tan morocco, raised bands, gilt titles to compartments, gilt rules to boards and turn-ins, top edges gilt. Extremities a touch rubbed, spines slightly browned, light offsetting from turn-ins. An excellent set. One of 1,600 sets published, this set inscribed twice on the limitation page by the publisher Sir Francis Meynell (1891–1975) to Vivien Leigh (1913–1967). The initial inscription, in black ink, reads: "This copy inscribed for Vivien Holman by Francis Meynell". Below this Meynell has added a more extensive and affectionate inscription in pencil: "and now much less formally and much more warmly reinscribed to Giusta, Henriette, the divine Jenny and ? F.M. June 1937". Giusta, Henriette, and Jenny were among some of the first characters Leigh played on stage in London. Leigh played Giusta in "The Green Sash" at the Q Theatre in February 1935, Henriette in "The Mask of Virtue" at the Ambassadors Theatre in May 1935, and Jenny in "The Happy Hypocrite" at His Majesty's Theatre in April 1936. Seller Inventory # 121607

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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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About this Item: 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. Seller Inventory # 46389

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Shakespeare, William; Shakspeare

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

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About this Item: Bioren & Madan, Philadelphia, PA, 1795. Leather Bound. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket (as issued). First Edition.. 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. Seller Inventory # 71796

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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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About this Item: London, Printed for J. Tonson, 1714, 1714. Hardcover. 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. Seller Inventory # 5029

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The life and death of King John: William Shakespeares

William Shakespeares

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

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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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About this Item: 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. It is very unusual to find the first edition in such excellent contemporary condition. Ashley III.42; Gumuchian 3614; Muir, English Childrens' Books 102-3. Seller Inventory # 116180

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THE TEMPEST: RACKHAM, Arthur; SHAKESPEARE,

RACKHAM, Arthur; SHAKESPEARE, William

Published by London William Heinemann Ltd (1926)

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About this Item: 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. Seller Inventory # 32085

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

SHAKESPEARE, William

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

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About this Item: . 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. Seller Inventory # 34004

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Shakespeare, William

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

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About this Item: 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. Volumes I and II rebacked with original spines. Some traces of rubbing to extremities or joints of a few volumes 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. Seller Inventory # 238831

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Shakespeare, William

Published by Jacob Tonson, London (1725)

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About this Item: Jacob Tonson, London, 1725. Three-Quarter Leather. Condition: Very Good. Shakespeare (illustrator). First Thus. 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. Seller Inventory # 012784

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Shakespeare, William

Published by Philadelphia. Printed and Sold by Bioren & Madan 1795 (1795)

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From: Riverby Books (Fredericksburg, VA, U.S.A.)

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About this Item: Philadelphia. Printed and Sold by Bioren & Madan 1795, 1795. Hardcover. Condition: Good. 1st Edition. The Plays and Poems of William Shakspeare. Corrected from the latest and best London edition, with notes by Samuel Johnson, L.L.D. To which are added a Glossary and the Life of the Author Embellished with a striking likeness from the collection of his Grace the Duke of Chandos. First American Edition. Philadelphia. Printed and Sold by Bioren & Madan 1795 4 volumes only of the 8 volume set. Hardcovers. Bound in full leather with maroon spine labels for the titles and black ovals for the volume numbers. These appear to be the original eighteen century American bindings. Binding are good and tight, except for volume 1 where the front hinge is cracked. Endpapers have many ownership names on them, mostly that of George Johnston. The name John Johnston appears several times as well, as doess the name Hugh. The word Shakespeare is written on the foreedges of two of the volumes. Pages are somewhat foxed. Bindings are tight and still attractive. The most famous Johnston family in American were the fur traders – John Johnston and his Native American wife raised their children with a famously fine library of classical titles, such at these. That does not, however, mean that this set belonged to him; Johnston was not an uncommon name. Volume 1. xlviii + 384 pages. This volumes contains the engraved portrait, preface the American edition, Life of Shakespeare including his will, glossary and the plays: The Tempest, Two Gentlemen of Verona, Merry Wives of Windsor, Measure for Measure, and The Comedy of Errors. There is a tattered bookplate on the inside front cover with name George Johnston written in it. The names George and John Johnston are signed on the first blank as well. On the inside front cover there is a little doodle of two characters that seems to be made from the letters in the word george. Front hinge cracked, but holding tight. Volume 4. Printed 1796. Contains King John, Richard II, Henry IV part 1, Henry IV part 2, Henry V. 447 pages. A lot of writing on the blank pages. The names Geo. Scott, Pe Johnston, John J., George Johnston’s Book bought 1801. On the final blank, Shakespeare’s name is written three times and John Falstaff’s once. Volume 5. Printed 1796. Contains all three parts of Henry VI, and Richard III. 392 pages. George Johnston’s name appears several times. Volume 6. Printed 1796. Contains King Henry VIII, Coriolanus, Julius Caesar, Antony and Cleopatra. 388 pages. George Johnston’s name appears at the front. On the back blank there are several more names, John Johnston, George Johnston, Hugh Sarrence and others. An attractive set of the first American printing of Shakespeare. Half a set anyway. Please email for photos. Seller Inventory # Fred-W583

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Shakespeare, William

Published by Nonesuch Press 1929-1933, London (1929)

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From: Good Sheppard Fine Bindings (San Francisco, CA, U.S.A.)

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About this Item: Nonesuch Press 1929-1933, London, 1929. Hardcover. 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. Seller Inventory # 1023B

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