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The Plays of William Shakespeare

From the Corrected Text of Johnson and Steevens

By William Shakespeare; edited by Samuel Johnson and George Steevens

1807 - London - John Stockdale

13" by 10.5", 96, 119, 122, 114, 131, 124; 139, 100, 174, 138, 128, 168; 82, 109, 127, 145, 141, 120; 99, 110, 146, 116, 112, 167; 120, 115, 158, 158, 116, 154; 116, 135, 141, 145, 163, 167, 116pp

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


 

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A very scarce edition of The Plays of William Shakespeare from the Corrected Text of Samuel Johnson and George Steevens. Embellished with twenty two plates. [collated, complete]

In six volumes complete.

The Plays of William Shakespeare was an 18th-century edition of the dramatic works of William Shakespeare, edited by Samuel Johnson and George Steevens. Johnson announced his intention to edit Shakespeare's plays in his Miscellaneous Observations on Macbeth (1745), and a full Proposal for the edition was published in 1756. The edition was finally published in 1765.

In the 'Preface' to his edition, Johnson justifies trying to determine the original language of the Shakespearean plays. To benefit the reading audience, he added explanatory notes to various passages. Later editors followed Johnson's lead and sought to determine an authoritative text of Shakespeare.

Volume I contains: A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Taming of the Shrew, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Much ado About Nothing, All's Well that Ends Well, and Measure for Measure. With an engraved plate to frontispiece and three further plates to front section.

Volume II contains: A Winter's tale. Two gentlemen of Verona. Hamlet. Romeo and Juliet. Richard II. Richard III. With an engraved plate to frontispiece and three further plates to front section.

Volume III contains: A Comedy of Errors, Macbeth, Henry VI, Pt I-III., and As You Like It. With an engraved plate to frontispiece and three further plates to front section.

Volume IV contains: The Tempest, Twelfth Night, Henry VIII, Julius Caesar, Timon of Athens, and Coriolanus. With an engraved plate to frontispiece and three further plates to front section.

Volume V contains: Love's labour's Lost, King John, King Lear, Troilus and Cresida, Titus Andronicus, and Othello. With an engraved plate to frontispiece and three further plates to front section.

Volume VI contains: The Merchant of Venice, Henry IV, Pt. I-II., Henry V, Antony and Cleopatra, Cymbeline, and Pericles. With an engraved plate to frontispiece and one further plate to front section.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784), often referred to as Dr Johnson, was an English writer who made lasting contributions to English literature as a poet, essayist, moralist, literary critic, biographer, editor and lexicographer.

George Steevens (1736 - 1800) was an English Shakespearean commentator.

Previous owner's copperplate ink inscription to front blank to volume one, dated 1840.

CONDITION

In half calf bindings with marbled paper covered boards. Externally, worn to extremities, with rubbing and occasional marks to boards. Three boards detached, seven held by cords only (very tender, may detach in post), one joint cracked, one starting. Two backstrips absent, others have loss and small institutional labels. Internally, text blocks firmly bound. Bright but with handling marks, scattered foxing, heaviest to plates. Institutional labels to spines.

Overall: Externally, FAIR, internally, GOOD


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