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SHAKESPEARE, William.

A Collection of Poems, in Two Volumes;

being all the miscellanies of Mr. William Shakespeare, which were publish'd by himself in the year 1609, and are now correctly Printed from those Editions. The First Volume contains, I. Venus and Adonis. II. The Rape of Lucrece. III. The Passionate Pilgrim. IV. Some Sonnets set to sundry Notes of Musick. The Second Volume contains One Hundred and Fifty Four Sonnets, all of them in Praise of his Mistress. II. A Lover's Complaint of his Angry Mistress.

London, for Bernard Lintott, [1710-11] Stock Code: 134529
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Notes

Effectively the earliest obtainable printing of Shakespeare's major poetry, combining the complete uncorrupted text of the 1609 Sonnets with Lucrece and Venus and Adonis. Benson's 1640 edition of Shakespeare's Poems lacked both Lucrece and Venus and Adonis and its text of the Sonnets was both incomplete and bowdlerised - combining poems, mixing masculine and feminine pronouns etc. - but Lintott referred back to the original 1609 edition of the Sonnets, correcting Benson's mistakes and including the two longer poems for the first time. Volume 1 was originally published separately with a title-page dated 1709; when Lintott completed the second volume a new general title was issued and the dating of the parts altered. The year 1709 was highly significant in Shakespeare scholarship, the year in which Rowe issued his first octavo edition of the plays. As Rowe had not purchased copyright in the poems, Lintott, who was a keen rival of Rowe's publisher Jacob Tonson, quickly issued these two volumes to supply the lack.

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Description

2 volumes bound together, octavo (167 x 90 mm). Contemporary sheep, unlettered, sides with two-line gilt rules. Housed in a brown morocco-backed solander box.

Condition

Without free endpapers. Bookplate of Robert Ball. Corners repaired, joints starting at head but holding, occasional spotting as usual, still a very good copy.

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