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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. 122965
    The Second Folio, that is, the second edition, first issue, of the collected edition of Shakespeare's plays, set page-for-page from a corrected copy of the First Folio, 1623, edited by John Heminge (d. 1630) and Henry Condell (d. 1627). This is the edition of which William Prynne complained that it was printed on best crown... Learn More
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  2. 128970
    The Second Folio, that is, the second edition, first issue, of the collected edition of Shakespeare's plays, set page-for-page from a corrected copy of the First Folio, 1623, edited by John Heminge (d. 1630) and Henry Condell (d. 1627). This is the edition of which William Prynne complained that it was printed on best crown... Learn More
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  3. 127299
    Fourth Folio, the last of the 17th-century editions of Shakespeare's works, edited by John Heminge (d. 1630) and Henry Condell (d. 1627), and with seven plays added by Philip Chetwin (d. 1680), publisher of the Third Folio. A reprint of the ill-fated Third Folio, this edition was issued by Henry Herringman in conjunction... Learn More
    £120,000

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  4. 131682
    Fourth quarto edition of Macbeth, adapted by William Davenant; Davenant's version of Macbeth had first appeared in 1674 (printed twice in that year). As was common practice with play texts in the 17th century, Macbeth is here bound up with 11 other popular plays of that era, allowing it to be seen in its contemporary context.... Learn More
    £15,000

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  5. 131978detail
    First edition of Capell's Shakespeare. "It was the first edition to be prepared from a complete transcript rather than a marked-up copy of the previous edition, and it marked a change of editorial policy in which the textus receptus was rejected in favour of an unusually meticulous collation of the early quartos of which... Learn More
    £2,500

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  6. 121099
    First edition thus. Ayscough's third volume, entitled An index to the remarkable passages and words made use of by Shakspeare, is the first published concordance of Shakespeare's plays. The publisher John Stockdale paid 200 guineas for the index which was specifically designed to accompany Stockdale's two-volume edition... Learn More
    £1,375

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  7. The Plays.
    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,... Learn More
    £3,500

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  8. 121430detail
    The sixth edition. A handsomely bound set. Learn More
    £3,750

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  9. 126746detail
    A large paper set in a lovely period binding. The literary editor and book collector Isaac Reed (1742-1807) initially worked on a re-editing of the Johnson and Steevens edition which was published in 1785. He and Steevens collaborated on a further edition (1793), which, after Steevens's death in 1800, Reed revised further... Learn More
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  10. 130665
    New edition. A handsome early Victorian set of Shakespeare's works. Learn More
    £975

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  11. An Inquiry into the History, Authenticity, & Characteristics of the Shakspeare Portraits,
    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... Learn More
    £2,000

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  12. 129641
    An arresting example of the London bookbinder's craft as the Georgian period drew to its close, and an exemplary demonstration of the care and craft that the age was lavishing on the national playwright. The text is the second Harness edition of Shakespeare (first published in 1825), the principal work of the literary scholar... Learn More
    £1,850

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  13. 117223
    First edition thus. Dyce (1798-1869) was one of the principal editors involved in William Pickering's prestigious Aldine Edition of the British Poets; his edition of Shakespeare in that series was first published in 1832. He then produced his own complete edition of Shakespeare (6 vols., 1857), which was later issued in... Learn More
    £1,250

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  14. 124164detail
    First Collier edition of Shakespeare's works. Literary editor and notorious forger of literary material John Payne Collier (1789-1883) is best-known for his The History of English Dramatic Poetry to the Time of Shakespeare (1831). Although his most important work, it is flawed because "fabrications of historical evidence... Learn More
    £1,875

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  15. 129456
    A handsomely bound and attractively illustrated copy of Shakespeare's collected works. Learn More
    £475

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  16. 123132detail
    A handsomely bound set of Shakespeare's works, edited by the classical scholar and printer A. J. Valpy (1787-1854), whose edition first appeared in 1832. Jaggard states that the current edition is "identical with the first issue of 1832-34, except the titles". Learn More
    £2,500

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  17. 129517
    An imposing set of Shakespeare's collected works, including his poetry. Learn More
    £750

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  18. 128818
    A highly attractive set of Shakespeare's works, being the second edition of the profusely illustrated version of the Shakespeare scholar Charles Knight, following the first edition which had been published in part form from 1838 to 1841. Knight (1791-1873) was already a Shakespeare lover and bibliophile in his teens, when... Learn More
    £1,800

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  19. 130360detail
    An attractively bound set of Shakespeare's works. The publisher and writer Charles Knight (1791-1873) was already a Shakespeare lover and bibliophile in his teens, when he owned an imperfect First Folio which he made up by printing the missing pages from a facsimile edition. "His first major project as an author took shape... Learn More
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  20. 121876
    Reprint of the Cambridge Shakespeare which was first published in 1863. Editor William George Clark's "principal and most enduring work was the Cambridge Shakespeare (1863-6), mainly planned by him, with a complete collation of all the early editions, and a selection of emendations by later editors. Clark co-operated in... Learn More
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  21. 131860
    First edition thus. The editor, Thomas Shorter (1823-1899) is an interesting figure: born in that cradle of radicalism Clerkenwell, he trained as a watchcase finisher, became a Chartist and was a great admirer of Robert Owen; the title page describes him as Secretary of the Working Men's College. He later founded the London... Learn More
    £175

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  22. 83972
    Second and preferred edition. Dyce (1798-1869) was one of the principal editors involved in William Pickering's prestigious Aldine Edition of the British Poets; his edition of Shakespeare in that series was first published in 1832. He then produced his own complete edition of Shakespeare (6 vols., 1857), and improved it... Learn More
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  23. 131073detail
    Second and preferred edition. Dyce (1798-1869) was one of the principal editors involved in William Pickering's prestigious Aldine Edition of the British Poets; his edition of Shakespeare in that series was first published in 1832. He then produced his own complete edition of Shakespeare (6 volumes, 1857), and improved it... Learn More
    £1,500

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  24. 131937
    A handsomely bound set of the Imperial Edition, a particularly imposing and well-illustrated edition of Shakespeare. Learn More
    £675

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  25. 131944
    A handsomely bound copy of the Imperial Edition, a particularly imposing and well-illustrated edition of Shakespeare. Learn More
    £875

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  26. 122487detail
    A handsomely bound set. Dyce was perhaps the leading Shakespeare scholar of the 19th-century. This collection was first published in 1857, with a second edition published in 1866. The present third edition was published six years after his death. Learn More
    £1,750

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  27. 41473detail
    Fourth edition of the text widely accepted as the most authoritative then available. Dyce (1798-1869) was one of the principal editors involved in William Pickering's prestigious Aldine Edition of the British Poets; his edition of Shakespeare in that series was first published in 1832. He then produced his own complete edition... Learn More
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    The Works.

    Philadelphia: [1899]

    Limited edition, number 37 of 500 copies printed on japon. A highly desirable set, strikingly bound, attractively printed, and lavishly illustrated. Learn More
    £4,500

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  29. 128537
    Edition de Grand Luxe, limited to 500 numbered copies of which this is number 13. Learn More
    £5,750

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  30. The Works.
    Édition Aquarelle. Limited to 10 numbered copies. A variorum edition with the text taken from the Cambridge edition in its latest revised form (1891-3). Along with the 37 canonical plays this edition also includes The Two Noble Kinsmen, attributed to Shakespeare and John Fletcher, and Edward III, which was probably mostly... Learn More
    £4,750

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  31. 122101
    First and limited edition, first impression, one of 310 copies printed on paper. This scarce edition is decorated with wood engravings by Charles Ricketts (1866-1931), an outstanding art nouveau designer with notable work for commercial publishers including Thomas Hardy's Tess of the d'Urbervilles (1891), John Gray's Silverpoints... Learn More
    £200

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  32. 65822
    Limited edition of 1,000 numbered copies, in a superb binding by the Chelsea Bindery, of this Oxford University facsimile reprint of the earliest surviving editions of Venus and Adonis, Lucrece, the Sonnets, The Passionate Pilgrim, and the play Pericles, as a supplement to the reproduction of the First Folio issued by the... Learn More
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  33. 129463detail
    A handsome set of Shakespeare's collected works, using the text of the Cambridge Edition, and with an introduction by Sidney Lee (1859-1926), author of a popular biography of Shakespeare and the editor of the 1902 Oxford facsimile of the first folio. Learn More
    £1,250

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  34. 1
    Limited edition. An out-of-series copy, unnumbered and unsigned, from an edition of 1,000 copies for sale in Great Britain and Ireland. Learn More
    £2,250

    Stock Code: 114362

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  35. 121471
    An attractively bound set of the Oxford Miniature Edition of Shakespeare's works, with introductory studies of several plays by Edward Dowden and a full glossary, originally published in three volumes by Clarendon Press in 1903, and printed on India paper. Learn More
    £375

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  36. The Comedy of Errors.
    Limited issue, one of 1,950 copies. Learn More
    £650

    Stock Code: 20429

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  37. 125754detail
    Limited editions; the Plays number 1,307 of 1,950 copies; the Poems number 54 of 1,500 copies signed by Bruce Rogers, who designed both works and who "composed the composed the decorations with printers' flowers" (limitation page, Poems). Both works were published for subscribers by The Limited Editions Club of New York.... Learn More
    £1,250

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  38. 123224
    First Watson edition, first printing. Aldren Auld Watson (1917-2013) was an American artist and hand bookbinder, whose work includes illustrations for a 1948 edition of Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Books. Learn More
    £500

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  39. 127093

    Sonnets.

    Lexington, Kentucky: 1956

    Limited edition, number 90 of 240 copies. An attractive example of a production of a lesser-known American private press, printed by Jacob Hammer on handmade paper, after the Praetorius Facsimile edition of the first quarto of 1609. The Anvil Press was a small association of ten printing enthusiasts, active during the fifties... Learn More
    £500

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  40. 116641
    First edition, first impression. The known information about Shakespeare's life and the documents associated with it are the focus of this profusely illustrated book. Where possible, the facsimiles included are reproduced full size. Learn More
    £225

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  41. 131825
    Limited facsimile reprint of the 1893 Kelmscott Press edition of Shakespeare's poems; number 31 of 100 numbered copies initialled by the binder Alfred Brazier and the pressman Ridley Burnett, with a further ten lettered copies for presentation. Learn More
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