POEMS AND PLAYS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, In Sixteen Volumes. Collated Verbatim with the Most Authentick Copies and revised; with the Corrections and Illustrations of Various Commentators; To Which are Added, An Essay on the Chronological Order of His Plays; An Essay Relative to Shakespeare and Jonson; A Dissertation on the Three Parts of King Henry VI. An Historical Account of the English Stage, and Notes by Edmund Malone. [With a Life of the Author, and A Selection of Notes, Critical, Historical, Explanatory, and Glossarial; Selected From the Editions of Rowe, Pope, Johnson, and Steevens, Malone and other Eminent Commentators: To Which are Added, The Prefaces of Rowe, Pope, and Johnson, With Engraved Portraits and Superior Illustrations, Engraved on Steel, By C. Heath, C. Rolls, F. Bacon, &c, From Designs by Smirke, Westall, Corbould, Stephanoff, and Weight.]
POEMS AND PLAYS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, In Sixteen Volumes. Collated Verbatim with the Most Authentick Copies and revised; with the Corrections and Illustrations of Various Commentators; To Which are Added, An Essay on the Chronological Order of His Plays; An Essay Relative to Shakespeare and Jonson; A Dissertation on the Three Parts of King Henry VI. An Historical Account of the English Stage, and Notes by Edmund Malone. [With a Life of the Author, and A Selection of Notes, Critical, Historical, Explanatory, and Glossarial; Selected From the Editions of Rowe, Pope, Johnson, and Steevens, Malone and other Eminent Commentators: To Which are Added, The Prefaces of Rowe, Pope, and Johnson, With Engraved Portraits and Superior Illustrations, Engraved on Steel, By C. Heath, C. Rolls, F. Bacon, &c, From Designs by Smirke, Westall, Corbould, Stephanoff, and Weight.]

POEMS AND PLAYS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, In Sixteen Volumes. Collated Verbatim with the Most Authentick Copies and revised; with the Corrections and Illustrations of Various Commentators; To Which are Added, An Essay on the Chronological Order of His Plays; An Essay Relative to Shakespeare and Jonson; A Dissertation on the Three Parts of King Henry VI. An Historical Account of the English Stage, and Notes by Edmund Malone. [With a Life of the Author, and A Selection of Notes, Critical, Historical, Explanatory, and Glossarial; Selected From the Editions of Rowe, Pope, Johnson, and Steevens, Malone and other Eminent Commentators: To Which are Added, The Prefaces of Rowe, Pope, and Johnson, With Engraved Portraits and Superior Illustrations, Engraved on Steel, By C. Heath, C. Rolls, F. Bacon, &c, From Designs by Smirke, Westall, Corbould, Stephanoff, and Weight.]

(Dublin: Printed for John Exshaw, 1794).

FINE AND EARLY SET OF SHAKESPEARE’S WORK. Includes a Life of Shakespeare , the author’s will, Appendices noting the plays and editions, commendatory verses on Shakespeare, Johnson’s, Rowe’s and Pope’s famed prefaces. This version derives as well as from Rowe and those who followed him, from Malone’s text, which is renowned for its accuracy and consistency. In fact, it “has time and again been called the foundation of modern Shakespeare scholarship.” [Shakespeare Domesticated] For each play, significant notes by Malone, Steevens, Warburton and others are affixed. The index and illustrations add to the collection’s interest. This collection is of value not only because it is attractive and well preserved but also because it contains documents and editing considered highly significant in Shakespearean scholarship and editing. Item #23568

16 volumes. First of the Edition. Illustrated with finely engraved portraits, frontispiece, reproductions of handwriting and other fine engravings on Steel, By C. Heath, C. Rolls, F. Bacon, &c, From Designs by Smirke, Westall, Corbould, Stephanoff, and Weight. 8vo, contemporary full polished, mottled calf, the spines handsomely decorated with gilt bands separating the compartments, two compartments with contrasting red and black morocco lettering labels gilt decorated and lettered, others with central gilt ornamental device. A very handsome and unusually well preserved set, the calf in very nice condition, the gilt bright, the text blocks clean, sound, crisp and tight, the plates all in good order, a fresh set and a set in contemporary and exemplary condition.

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