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The Plays of William Shakespeare

In Eight Volumes

By Alexander Chalmers

1826 - London - C. and J. Rivington; et al. 

8.5" by 5"

 

 
 
 

 

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A complete collection of the theatrical works of renowned playwright, William Shakespeare.

New edition.

Extended title reads; "The plays of William Shakespeare, accurately printed from the text of the corrected copies left by the late George Steevens, Esq., and Edmond Malone, Esq. with Mr. Malone's various readings ; a selection of explanatory and historical notes, from the most eminent commentators a history of the stage, and a Life of Shakespeare".

Volume one; The Tempest, Two Gentlemen of Verona, Merry Wives of Windsor. Adorned with four beautifully engraved plates.

Volume two; Twelfth Night, Measure for Measure, Much Ado about Nothing, Midsummer-Night's Dream, Love's Labour's Lost. Featuring four beautifully engraved plates.

Volume three; Merchant of Venice, As you Like it, All's Well that Ends Well, Taming of the Shrew, Winter's Tale. With five delicately engraved plates.

Volume four; Comedy of Errors, Macbeth, King John, King Richard II, King Henry IV Part One. Featuring five engraved plates.

Volume five;  King Henry IV Part Two, King Henry V, King Henry VI Part One-Three. Adorned with five engraved plates.

Volume six; King Richard III, King Henry VIII, Troilus and Cressida, Timon of Athens, Coriolanus. With five engraved plates.

Volume seven; Julius Caesar, Antony and Cleopatra, Cymbeline, Titus and Andronicus, Pericles. Featuring five beautifully engraved plates.

Volume eight; King Lear, Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, Othello. Adorned with four delicately engraved plates.

"Although he was regarded by some of his contemporaries as a retailer of minutiae and a booksellers' hack, Alexander Chambers' extensive biographical and bibliographical research has been respected and cited by subsequent generations of students of British literature. For instance one biographer of James Beattie has written that Chambers' account of Beattie in The Works of the English Poets is the best first hand account of Beattie and his writings (King, 184), and according to Donald J. Greene, Chalmers was the assiduous corrector of Boswell (Greene, 167)"(DNB).

Complete in eight volumes.

Reginald Dykes Marshall's armorial bookplate to the front pastedown of each volume.

CONDITION

All volumes are in their original full calf bindings, with gilt detailing to the spines. Externally, all volumes are rubbed, with some wear to the extremities and spines. Volume one is disbound, although with the original front board and backstrip present. Backstrip lifting to volume three and eight. Lacking the spine labels to volumes two, three, four and eight, with the remaining lifting. Some straining to the front hinge of volume five, rear hinge of volume two, and both hinges strained to volume three, four, six and seven.  Internally, all volumes are generally firmly bound and bright, although with instances of scattered foxing, and some offsetting from the plates. Armorial bookplate to the front pastedown of each volume. Overall: GOOD ONLY.


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