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The Works of William Shakespeare Edited with a Scrupulous Revision of the Text

By William Shakespeare; Charles and Mary Cowden Clarke

1869

Bickers and Son; J Bumpus; J Field : London

9" by 6"

lii, 725; 730; 700; 751pp

 

 

 

DETAILS

A beautifully bound copy of William Shakespeare's works. In a sumptuous full calf binding with lovely gilt detailing to the spines. Edited, with a revision of the text by both Charles and Mary Cowden Clarke.

The Cowden Clarkes are known for several critical texts regarding Shakespeare. These include 'Shakespeare Characters', 'Complete Concordance of Shakespeare' and 'Girlhood of Shakespeare's Heroines'. The aforementioned concordance was Mary Cowden Clarke's greatest work, she issued it in eighteen monthly parts, having started the work in 1829, it was eventually published in 1844-5. With a portrait frontispiece of Shakespeare to the first volume. Volume I has an extensive preface, a chronological table of Shakespeare's life, his will, the dedication prefixed to the first folio, the address prefixed to the first folio and lines on the portrait of Shakespeare. To the rear of the first volume there is a verbal and sentential glossary, indexed. Prior owner's inscription to the recto of front endpapers to all volumes, Antoinette Brown. These volumes contain all of Shakespeare's plays and his poems. The poems are found to the rear of the fourth volume and contain all of his sonnets. A lovely set of the Bard's plays, edited by two prominent Shakespearean scholars of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

CONDITION

In full calf bindings, with gilt stamping to the spines. Externally, excellent with just some shelfwear to the spines, confined to the raised bands. Patches of light rubbing to the front joint of volume IV. Fading to the spine labels. Small hole from binding inlay detail to the head of spine to volume IV and III. A very small amount of discolouration from a tidemark to the bottom of front board to volume II. Prior owner's inscription to the front endpapers of all volumes, Antoinette Brown. Internally, firmly bound. Pages are bright. Minor offsetting from frontispiece to volume I. A few light spots to the first and last few pages, otherwise pages are clean.

Overall Condition: Near Fine

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