1773-1774 Bell's Edition of Shakespeare's Plays, Volume III: Richard the Third; The Merry Wives of Windsor; Hamlet; The Tempest; Measure for Measure
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Illustrated, Leather Binding
Each play is individually paginated, and features an engraved frontispiece, and letterpress title page.
An engraved title page advertising this as the third volume Bell's Shakespeare appears to the start of the work. Bell's edition was one of the first affordable and widely available editions of Shakespeare's works. In making Shakespeare's works accessible to a wider audience, this edition helped to popularize his plays and make them a staple of English literature.
Present in this volume is:
Richard the Third, ESTC Citation No. T62809
The Merry Wives of Windsor, ESTC Citation No. T62761
Hamlet, ESTC Citation No. T62810
The Tempest, ESTC Citation No. T62811
Measure for Measure, ESTC Citation No. T62812
With an advertisement leaf to the rear of 'Richard III', 'The Merry Wives of Windsor', and 'The Tempest'.
While each individual play is dated 1773, as called for, the general volume title page is dated 1774, as called for. ESTC T62806
Volume III only of a nine volume work.
With the inscription of William Longhorn to a front blank, and the inscription 'Mary Hanler's book, 1774' to the front free endpaper.
A wonderful collection of Shakespeare's plays, including many of his most celebrated works.
In a full calf binding. With light rubbing to back strip head and tail, board perimeters and raised bands. Hinges strained, but firmly held. Front free endpaper detached but loosely inserted. Inscription to a front blank, head of general title page, and head of 'King Richard the Third' title page. Internally, firmly bound. Pages age toned, with light spotting throughout.
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