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The Dramatick Writings Of Will. Shakespeare

By William Shakespeare

1788 - London - John Bell

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DETAILS

A complete set of the famous 'Bell edition' of Shakespeare's works, including the two volume Prolegomena.

The collection includes all of his major dramatic works, with plates throughout.

The first two volumes here are a remarkably comprehensive and broad prolegomena to his works, and offer interesting analysis of Shakespeare from an era where many of his plays were often interpreted differently, both in their production and in their critical reception. They include Mr Pope's Preface, Mr Theobald's Preface, Sir T. Hanmer's Preface, Dr Warburton's Preface, Dr Johnson's Preface, Mr Stevens's Advertisement to the Second Edition, the unattributed essay On The Origin of The English Stage, the text of the Globe's company's License for Acting, a list of the original actors, and extracts from entries of the Stationer's Company, Mr Malone's Chronology, Rowe's Life of Shakespeare, and other fascinating arcana. 

 The subsequent eighteen volumes contain on the plays themselves, along with annotations by Samuel Johnson and George Stevens. These annotations are one of the joys of this particular work, preserving as they do the learned comments of two of 18th century England's foremost scholars in their reading of the plays.

From Copac: The general title pages are dated 1788, but the plays have separate pagination and title-pages, with dates 1785, 1786, and 1788. The annotations at the ends of the plays also have separate title-pages all with the date 1787.

A landmark in the cultural and critical reception of England's greatest author.

The full set comprises of:

Volume I: Prolegomena To The Dramatick Writings of Will. Shakespeare

Volume II: Prolegomena To The Dramatick Writings of Will. Shakespeare Part II

Volume III: The Tempest and Two Gentlemen of Verona

Volume IV: The Merry Wives of Windsor and Much Ado About Nothing

Volume V: Measure for Measure and A Comedy of Errors

Volume VI: Love's Labour's Lost and A Midsummer Night's Dream

Volume VII: The Merchant of Venice and As You Like It

Volume VIII: The Taming of The Shrew and All's Well That End's Well

Volume IX: Twelfth Night and Winter's Tale

Volume X: Macbeth and King John

Volume XI: King Richard The Second and King Henry IV. Part I

Volume XII: King Henry IV. Part II and King Henry V

Volume XIII: King Henry VI and King Henry VI. Part II

Volume XIV: King Henry VI. Part III and King Richard III

Volume XV: King Henry VIII and Coriolanus

Volume XVI: Julius Caesar and Antony and Cleopatra

Volume XVII: Timon of Athens and King Lear

Volume XVIII: Hamlet and Titus Andronicus

Volume XIX: Othello and Troilus and Cressida

Volume XX: Cymbeline and Othello

Collated: complete

CONDITION

In full tree calf, with gilt detailing to the borders and to the spines. Externally sound given their age, with general wear consisting mostly of rubbing around the extremities, edges, and to the spines. As one would expect the heads and tails of the spines are more worn, but are all largely intact. The boards are very lightly marked. Volumes 11, 12, 17, 19, and 20 show minor damage to their lower spine labels. In each case the text is affected. The spines of 19 and 20 show more evidence of handling than the other volumes. The front joints are starting but still reasonably firm on volumes 1, 4, 8, 10, 14, 15, and 19. Volume1 has a personal bookplate to the front pastedown, and volume 2 has a personal bookplate to the rear pastedown. Internally, the volumes are remarkably clean, and though age toned remain commendably bright. The first few pages of volume one show a mild water-stain. The foredge of the plate facing page 39 in volume one has an untrimmed edge, which is dusty and worn. The frontispiece of volume 2 is torn along the bottom, with minor loss which does not affect the contents. Firmly bound. Overall: VERY GOOD


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