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SHAKESPEARE, William.

Beautifully bound individual books and collected works of William Shakespeare.

Shakespeare is regarded as the greatest writer in the English language, and probably the best-known figure in all of world literature. His poetry was published first, while very few of his plays were published in his lifetime; they are first practicably obtainable from the four posthumous folio editions of his plays published in the seventeenth century. 

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  1. Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies. Published according to the true Original Copies. The third Impression.

    Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies. Published according to the true Original Copies. The third Impression.

    And unto this Impression is added seven Playes, never before Printed in Folio.
    Third folio edition of Shakespeare's plays, generally regarded as the rarest of the 17th-century folio editions. An unknown number of copies is thought to have been destroyed in the Great Fire of London of 1666. The third folio is a reprint of the second (1632), but the second issue adds seven plays to the corpus, although of these only Pericles is now considered authentic. Learn More
    £500,000

    Date of Publication: 1664

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 108578

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  2. The Tragedy of Hamlet Prince of Denmark.

    The Tragedy of Hamlet Prince of Denmark.

    As it is now Acted at his Highness the Duke of York’s Theatre.
    First Davenant edition and the sixth edition overall; there is another edition dated 1676 that Greg describes as a "close reprint … which may be some years later than its ostensible date". As manager of the Duke of York's theatre, Sir William Davenant (1606-1668) was in a unique position with regard to the staging of Shakespeare, as his father, John Davenant, had seen the play acted in Shakespeare's day: "Sir William's father, the devotee of Shakespeare, had probably left London just before the first performance of Hamlet at the Globe on Bankside; he would certainly have seen it at Oxford by 1603 (title-page, first quarto). Learn More
    £52,500

    Date of Publication: 1676

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 110109

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  3. Julius Caesar. A Tragedy.

    Julius Caesar. A Tragedy.

    As it is now Acted at the Theatre Royal.
    An unusually good example of an early quarto edition, surviving examples of which are commonly found trimmed and in poor condition. There is no lifetime quarto of Julius Caesar, which was first published in the first folio in 1623, that text being the sole authority for the play. Unusually for a major Shakespeare play, the text suffered no adaptation in the Restoration. Learn More
    £10,000

    Date of Publication: [after 1691]

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 69998

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  4. The Plays.

    The Plays.

    In ten volumes. With the corrections and illustrations of various commentators; to which are added notes by Samuel Johnson and George Steevens. The third edition, revised and augmented by the editor of Dodsley’s collection of old plays.
    Third Johnson and Steevens edition and first Reed edition. The first Johnson and Steevens edition was published in 1773 and the second in 1778. This third edition was revised by Isaac Reed. Learn More
    £2,000

    Date of Publication: 1785

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    Stock Code: 52067

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  5. 116239

    The Winters Tale.

    Printed complete from the Text of Sam. Johnson and Geo. Steevens, and revised from the last editions; with: Annotations by Sam. Johnson and Geo. Steevens, and The Various Commentators Upon The Winter's Tale, Written by Will. Shakespeare.
    Bell's edition of The Winter's Tale, which here includes a second work, Johnson and Steeven's substantial annotations upon the text, in which it is suggested The Winter's Tale be seen, "in reality, [as] a second part of Henry the Eighth... intended (in compliment to Queen Elizabeth) as an indirect apology for her mother". Learn More
    £120

    Date of Publication: 1786 & 1787

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116239

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  6. The Plays.

    The Plays.

    From the corrected text of Johnson and Steevens.
    First Heath edition in book form. originally issued in parts by Robinson between 1802 and 1804. The London-born son of a bookbinder, James Heath (1757-1834) became one of the most widely-employed engravers of the age, producing illustrations for such celebrated works as Lavater's Essays on Physiognomy (1789), Vancouver's A voyage of discovery to the north Pacific Ocean and round the world (1798), Bruce's Travels (1790) and the frontispiece portrait to Boswell's Life of Johnson (1790). Learn More
    £4,750

    Date of Publication: 1807

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 115551

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  7. 116180

    Tales from Shakespeare: Designed for the use of young persons.

    Embellished with copper-plates. In two volumes.
    First edition, first impression with the imprint of the printer T. Davison on the verso of p. 235, vol. I, and with the Hanway Street address in the final adverts. The Tales were chiefly the work of Charles's sister Mary Lamb, who had previously written Mrs Leicester's School and edited Poetry for Children for William Godwin's Juvenile Library. Fourteen of the twenty adaptations were by Mary, the rest by Charles. Learn More
    £4,500

    Date of Publication: 1807

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116180

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  8. The Plays.

    The Plays.

    With The Corrections And Illustrations Of Various Commentators. To Which Are Added Notes, By Samuel Johnson And George Steevens. Revised And Augmented By Isaac Reed, With A Glossarial Index. The Sixth Edition.
    A very handsomely bound set of a later issue of the edition generally known as the first variorum, first published in 1803. Reed's revision of Johnson and Steevens's 1773 edition was first published in ten volumes in 1785. The edition was then reissued, with Steevens as editor once more but reliant on Reed's assistance, in 15 volumes in 1793. In 1803, after Steevens's death, Reed produced this elaborately revised version. Learn More
    £3,500

    Date of Publication: 1813

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 114678

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  9. The Dramatic Works.

    The Dramatic Works.

    Complete in three volumes.
    A handsome Regency-era Shakespeare, in a superior contemporary binding, the text following the edition of George Steevens and Samuel Johnson, first published in 1780. Learn More
    £875

    Date of Publication: 1821

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 109607

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  10. An Inquiry into the History, Authenticity, & Characteristics of the Shakspeare Portraits,

    An Inquiry into the History, Authenticity, & Characteristics of the Shakspeare Portraits,

    in which the criticisms of Malone, Steevens, Boaden, & others, are examined, confirmed, or refuted. Embracing the Felton, the Chandos, the Duke of Somerset’s pictures, the Droeshout print, and the monument of Shakspeare, at Stratford; together with an exposé of the spurious pictures and prints. [With supplement.]
    First edition, published three years after James Boaden's work on the same subject. Wivell had risen from impoverished beginnings and an apprenticeship to a wigmaker and hairdresser, before reaching public notice as an artist with portraits of the Cato Street conspirators awaiting trial. This led to a commission to draw portraits of the participants in the "trial" of Queen Caroline in the House of Lords, thence to abundant portrait commissions from the royal family, the aristocracy, and leading theatrical figures. Learn More
    £2,000

    Date of Publication: 1827

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 84953

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  11. "Shakespeare's Comedies, Histories, Tragedies and Poems."

    "Shakespeare's Comedies, Histories, Tragedies and Poems."

    Edited by J. Payne Collier, Esq. F.S.A. New Edition. In six volumes. [with:] Notes and emendations to the text of Shakespeare’s plays, from early manuscript corrections in a copy of the folio, 1632, in the possession of J. Payne Collier ... The second edition, revised and enlarged.
    The six-volume edition of Shakespeare's works is dated 1858 at the end of the preface, the supplementary volume 1853 on its title-page. Learn More
    £600

    Date of Publication: 1853

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    Stock Code: 27993

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  12. 116569

    The Book of Shakespeare Gems.

    In a Series of Landscape Illustrations of the Most Interesting Locations of Shakespeare’s Dramas.
    A handsomely-bound copy of the third edition; first published in 1846. Learn More
    £150

    Date of Publication: 1854

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116569

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  13. The Works.

    The Works.

    The text revised by the Rev. Alexander Dyce. In nine volumes.
    Second Dyce edition. Dyce originally edited Shakespeare for William Pickering in 1832. He then re-edited for Moxon in 1857 and this is the second edition of the latter. Learn More
    £1,500

    Date of Publication: 1866

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 83972

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  14. The Plays of Shakespeare

    The Plays of Shakespeare

    Edited and annotated by Charles and Mary Cowden Clarke. Illustrated by H. C. Selous.
    Cassell's illustrated edition. A handsomely bound set of Shakespeare's plays. Learn More
    £450

    Date of Publication: c.1870

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 111878

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  15. Romeo & Juliet and As You Like It.

    Romeo & Juliet and As You Like It.

    Extracted from The Plays of William Shakespeare, with the purest text, and the briefest notes. Edited by J. Payne Collier.
    An lavish and extraordinarily thoughtful Golden Wedding Anniversary gift, privately printed versions of Shakespeare's romantic plays Romeo & Juliet and As You Like It bound together in a fine Ramage binding, with 9 carat gold clasps bearing the initials of the married couple engraved in them. The front board bears an apposite quotation from Romeo & Juilet, "That book in many's eyes doth share the glory, / That in gold clasps locks in the golden story", and the rear one from As You Like It, "'Tis but an hour ago since it was nine, / And after one hour more ‘twill be eleven; / And so from hour to hour we ripe and ripe. Learn More
    £1,750

    Date of Publication: 1876

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 115593

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  16. The Plays and Poems.

    The Plays and Poems.

    With the purest text, and the briefest notes. Edited by J. Payne Collier.
    Limited edition. One of 58 sets printed privately for the literary editor and notorious forger John Payne Collier (1789-1883). Learn More
    £1,250

    Date of Publication: 1878

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 106634

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  17. The Works.

    The Works.

    The text revised by the Rev. Alexander Dyce.
    Fourth Edition. Learn More
    £1,500

    Date of Publication: 1880

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    Stock Code: 41473

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  18. The Works.

    The Works.

    In fifteen volumes. Edited by Howard Staunton. With illustrations by Sir John Gilbert, R.A.
    Edition de luxe, one thousand numbered copies of which this is number 828. Learn More
    £4,250

    Date of Publication: 1881

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 114699

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  19. The Tragicall Historie of Hamlet Prince of Denmarke.

    The Tragicall Historie of Hamlet Prince of Denmarke.

    First Doves Press edition, one of 250 copies on paper, with the first initial hand-illuminated in green Edward Johnston, this copy finely bound by René Kieffer (1875-1964), who worked for ten years at the famed Chambolle-Duru bindery in Paris before establishing his own workshop in 1903, and going on to become one of the leading binders in Paris. The binding is signed in gilt by Kieffer on the front pastedown, and also bears his binders ticket to the front free endpaper. Learn More
    £1,750

    Date of Publication: June 1889

    Published: Hammersmith

    Stock Code: 115991

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  20. The Complete Works.

    The Complete Works.

    Revised from the original editions. With historical and analytical introductions to each play, also notes explanatory and critical, and a life of the poet: By J. O. Halliwel, Esq., F.R.S., F.S.A.
    A handsomely bound set of Shakespeare's plays including his poems and sonnets. Learn More
    £500

    Date of Publication: [c.1890]

    Published: London & New York

    Stock Code: 115219

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