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The Chiswick Shakespeare

Edited by John Dennis

1899-1902- London- George Bell and Sons

6" by 4"





This is an attractive set of the works of William Shakespeare.

One of two hundred copies bound in Japanese vellum, though this set is unnumbered.

The Chiswick edition, 38 volumes of original 39 volumes. Macbeth is absent.

Volumes Include:

As You Like It
Romeo and Juliet
King John
The Merchant of Venice
The Tempest
The Winter's Tale
Richard II
Much Ado About Nothing
Two Gentlemen of Verona
Twelfth Night
A MIdsummer Night's Dream
King Lear
Julius Caesar
Anthony and Cleopatra
The First Part of King Henry IV
The Second Part of King Henry VI
Love's Labours Lost
Henry VI Part I
The Second Part of Henry VI
The Third Part of King Henry VI

King Henry V
The Merry Wives of Windsor
Measure for Measure
The Taming of the Shrew
Titus Andronicus
Timon of Athens
King Richard III
King Henry VIII
Troilus and Cressida
All's Well That Ends Well
The Comedy of Errors

William Shakespeare was an English poet, playwright, and actor widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English Language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist. He is often called England's national poet and the Bard of Avon. His extant works, including some collaborations, consist of about 38 plays, 154 sonnets, some narrative poems and other verses. His plays have been translated into every major living language and are performed more often than those of any other playwright.

Shakespeare produced most of his known work between 1589 and 1613. His early plays were mainly comedies and histories and these works remain regarded as some of the best work produced in these genres even today. He then wrote mainly tragedies until about 1608.

Shakespeare was a respected poet and playwright in his own day, but his reputation did not rise to its present heights until the 19th century. The Romantics, in particular, acclaimed Shakespeare's genius. His plays remain highly popular today and are constantly studied, performed, and reinterpreted in diverse cultural and political contexts throughout the world.


In a quarter vellum binding with gilt cloth boards. Externally, smart with some light bumping to all volumes. Some rubbing and handling marks to all volumes. Rear hinge strained to Richard II. Boards warped to The Merchant of Venice. Some spotting to end papers. Internally, firmly bound. Pages generally bright and clean with occasional spotting. Overall: VERY GOOD INDEED


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