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

    London : 1663)

    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... Learn More
    £500,000.00

    Stock Code: 108578

  2. The Tragedy of Hamlet Prince of Denmark.
    SHAKESPEARE, William. The Tragedy of Hamlet Prince of Denmark.

    London : 1676

    First Davenant edition and the sixth edition overall; there is another edition dated 1676, with the imprint in five lines, though in fact printed c.1683-4 for Richard Bentley.
    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,... Learn More
    £52,500.00

    Stock Code: 110109

  3. Julius Caesar. A Tragedy.
    SHAKESPEARE, William. Julius Caesar. A Tragedy.

    London : 1684

    First quarto and first separate edition, the text being taken unaltered from the 1623 First Folio. This is the true first of six quartos of Julius Caesar separately printed in the late 17th century. Only two, from 1684 and 1691, contain a date, and all seem to have been published to take advantage of the play's popularity after Thomas Betterton revived... Learn More
    £37,500.00

    Stock Code: 134628

  4. Comedies, Histories and Tragedies.
    SHAKESPEARE, William. Comedies, Histories and Tragedies.

    London : 1685

    A notably tall and handsome copy of the 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... Learn More
    £185,000.00

    Stock Code: 133696

  5. Macbeth, a tragedy: with all the alterations, amendments, additions, and new songs
    SHAKESPEARE, William. Macbeth, a tragedy: with all the alterations, amendments, additions, and new songs

    London : 1687

    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.
    The other plays in... Learn More
    £15,000.00

    Stock Code: 131682

  6. A Collection of Poems, in Two Volumes;
    SHAKESPEARE, William. A Collection of Poems, in Two Volumes;

    London : [1710-11]

    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... Learn More
    £22,500.00

    Stock Code: 134529

  7. The Works.
    SHAKESPEARE, William. The Works.

    Oxford : 1743-44

    First Hanmer edition, the first large-format illustrated edition of Shakespeare's works, the first English Shakespeare published outside London, and the first printed at a university press, this an unusually attractive set in vellum with armorial stamps on the covers. Sir Thomas Hanmer (16771746) was Speaker of the House of Commons between the years... Learn More
    £3,500.00

    Stock Code: 138662

  8. The Dramatic Works;
    SHAKESPEARE, William. The Dramatic Works;

    London : 1790

    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 of Shakespeare's plays. Learn More
    £1,375.00

    Stock Code: 121099

  9. The Dramatic Works of Shakspeare.
    SHAKESPEARE, William. The Dramatic Works of Shakspeare.

    London : 1802

    First Boydell edition. This lavish edition was the brainchild of John Boydell (1720-1804), who had been responsible for the publication in mezzotint of some of the most impressive paintings of the period. He and his nephew Josiah Boydell conceived this set, with typography by Bulmer and paper by Whatman, to be embellished with one series of large and... Learn More
    £8,750.00

    Stock Code: 137384

  10. The Dramatic Works.
    SHAKESPEARE, William. The Dramatic Works.

    London : 1812-15

    First edition with these illustrations, large paper issue (also published in duodecimo). A most appealing edition of Shakespeare issued by the enterprising Thomas Tegg, presented here in a delightful and sparkling period binding. The illustrations by John Thurston have been described as "most attractive" (Peter Cannon-Brookes, The Painted Word: British... Learn More
    £2,250.00

    Stock Code: 134889

  11. The Plays.
    SHAKESPEARE, William. The Plays.

    London : 1813

    The sixth edition of Isaac Reed's variorum edition. A handsomely bound set. Learn More
    £3,750.00

    Stock Code: 121430

  12. The Plays.
    SHAKESPEARE, William. The Plays.

    London : 1823

    New edition. A handsome early Victorian set of Shakespeare's works. Learn More
    £975.00

    Stock Code: 130665

  13. The Plays.
    SHAKESPEARE, William. The Plays.

    London : 1823

    New edition. A handsome set of Shakespeare's works. Learn More
    £950.00

    Stock Code: 132493

  14. An Inquiry into the History, Authenticity, & Characteristics of the Shakspeare Portraits,
    (SHAKESPEARE, William.) WIVELL, Abraham. An Inquiry into the History, Authenticity, & Characteristics of the Shakspeare Portraits,

    London : 1827

    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... Learn More
    £2,000.00

    Stock Code: 84953

  15. Shakspeare's Dramatic Works:
    SHAKESPEARE, William. Shakspeare's Dramatic Works:

    London : 1830

    An arresting example of the bookbinder's craft as the Georgian period drew to its close, and an exemplary demonstration of the care 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 William Harness (1790-1869), who was a friend... Learn More
    £1,850.00

    Stock Code: 129641

  16. The Works.
    SHAKESPEARE, William. The Works.

    London : 1857

    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 a revised second edition (9 vols.,... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 117223

  17. Dramatic Works.
    SHAKESPEARE, William. Dramatic Works.

    London : 1842

    A handsomely bound set of Shakespeare's works, edited by the classical scholar and printer A. J. Valpy (1787-1854). It features the same plates from the first Valpy edition, originally published between 1832 and 1834, which in turn reproduced John Boydell's plates from the Boydell edition, published between 1791 and 1805. John Boydell (1720-1804) was... Learn More
    £1,875.00

    Stock Code: 138156

  18. The Works.
    SHAKESPEARE, William. The Works.

    London : 1842-4

    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 and documentary text are interspersed... Learn More
    £1,875.00

    Stock Code: 124164

  19. The Plays.
    SHAKESPEARE, William. The Plays.

    London : 1856

    A handsomely bound set of Shakespeare's plays and biography. George Steevens's Complete Works of Shakespeare was originally published in 1773 in collaboration with Samuel Johnson. Several revised editions followed over the years, including this edition by Alexander Chalmers, which was first published in 1805 by F. and J. Rivington. Learn More
    £675.00

    Stock Code: 137618

  20. The Pictorial Edition of the Works of Shakspere.
    SHAKESPEARE, William. The Pictorial Edition of the Works of Shakspere.

    London : [c.1840]

    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 in 1837, when he resolved... Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 130360

  21. The Standard Edition of the Pictorial Shakspeare.
    SHAKESPEARE, William. The Standard Edition of the Pictorial Shakspeare.

    London : [1846]

    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 he owned an imperfect First... Learn More
    £1,800.00

    Stock Code: 128818

  22. The Works.
    SHAKESPEARE, William. The Works.

    London : 1894

    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 the first volume with John Glover,... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 121876

  23. The Dramatic Works.
    SHAKESPEARE, William. The Dramatic Works.

    London : 1866

    A handsomely bound copy of Shakespeare's collected plays. Learn More
    £350.00

    Stock Code: 136718

  24. The Works.
    SHAKESPEARE, William. The Works.

    London : 1866

    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 for this revised second edition.... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 83972

  25. The Works.
    SHAKESPEARE, William. The Works.

    London : 1869

    A particularly attractive set of the Cowden Clarke's edited works of Shakespeare. Mary Cowden Clarke (1809-1898) "felt particular 'pride and gratification'" in having edited the works of Shakespeare "as it made her 'the first (and as yet, only) woman editor of our great poet'" (ODNB). This edition, credited to both Charles and Mary Cowden, was first... Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 136140

  26. The Works.
    SHAKESPEARE, William. The Works.

    London : 1875

    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
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 122487

  27. [Othello.] Othllo.
    SHAKESPEARE, William. [Othello.] Othllo.

    Istanbul : 1293 [1876]

    First edition in Ottoman Turkish, done by Hasan Bedreddin and Mehmet Rifat from the French translation of Jean-Francois Ducis, and performed 186777 in Gedikpasa theatre in Istanbul, the first theatre in Turkey where plays were performed by Turkish actors rather than travelling troupes. Shakespeare was becoming popular at this time, after the Armenians... Learn More
    £5,750.00

    Stock Code: 131742

  28. The Works.
    SHAKESPEARE, William. The Works.

    London : 1891-3

    A beautifully bound set of the second edition of the Cambridge Shakespeare, edited by William Aldis Wright, whose edition first appeared in 1863-6; the first volume of this set is described as a third edition, having previously been reissued in 1867. Wright "was solely responsible for the second edition (1867- ), which remains the great monument to... Learn More
    £2,250.00

    Stock Code: 139097

  29. Shakespeare's Sonnets.
    SHAKESPEARE, William. Shakespeare's Sonnets.

    London : 1899

    First Henry Ospovat edition. Ospovat was a prolific illustrator from the late 1800s to early 1900s, providing illustrations for Shakespeare's Songs, Poems by Matthew Arnold, and Robert Browning's Men and Women. He later became known for his caricatures of celebrities, including Harry Lauder and Keir Hardie. Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 136713

  30. A Midsommer Nights Dreame.
    SHAKESPEARE, William. A Midsommer Nights Dreame.

    London : 1601 [for 1600, recte 1619, but actually c.1900]

    A sophisticated facsimile of the 1619 quarto of A Midsummer Night's Dream, the second printing of the play, which bore a false imprint date of 1600 (matching the date for the first quarto); here the date has been carefully replaced with the date 1601, without any evident reason, seeing as no edition was printed that year. The facsimile itself does not... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 138537

  31. The New-Century Shakespeare.
    SHAKESPEARE, William. The New-Century Shakespeare.

    Boston : 1900

    Edition de Grand Luxe, limited to 500 numbered copies of which this is number 13. Learn More
    £5,750.00

    Stock Code: 128537

  32. The Works.
    SHAKESPEARE, William. The Works.

    Boston : 1900

    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 by Thomas Kyd but at least... Learn More
    £4,750.00

    Stock Code: 48869

  33. The Works.
    SHAKESPEARE, William. The Works.

    London : 1903

    The Oxford Miniature Edition of Shakespeare's complete works, edited by W. J. Craig and with a full glossary. Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 138504

  34. Sonnets. Being a Reproduction in Facsimile of the First Edition 1609.
    SHAKESPEARE, William. Sonnets. Being a Reproduction in Facsimile of the First Edition 1609.

    Oxford : 1905

    First edition thus, the Clarendeon Press facsimile of the 1609 first edition of Shakespeare's Sonnets. With the bookplate of actor John Martin Harvey (1863-1944). Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 114988

  35. Venus and Adonis.
    SHAKESPEARE, William. Venus and Adonis.

    Oxford : 1905

    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 Oxford University Press in... Learn More
    £1,800.00

    Stock Code: 65822

  36. A Midsummer-Night's Dream.
    (RACKHAM, Arthur.) SHAKESPEARE, William. A Midsummer-Night's Dream.

    London : 1908

    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
    £2,250.00

    Stock Code: 114362

  37. The Comedies, Histories, Tragedies, and Poems.
    SHAKESPEARE, William. The Comedies, Histories, Tragedies, and Poems.

    Boston : 1912

    The New Grant White Shakespeare. The book lovers' limited edition of 1,000 numbered sets, of which this is number 869. Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 127797

  38. The Tragedie of Cymbeline.
    SHAKESPEARE, William. The Tragedie of Cymbeline.

    Stratford-Upon-Avon : 1923

    Signed limited edition, number 26 of 106 copies signed by the illustrator Albert Rutherston and the writer of the introduction Harley Granville-Barker. A further 500 unsigned trade copies were also issued. The text is taken from the First Folio of Shakespeare, with some orthographic modernization. A very attractive production. Learn More
    £1,000.00

    Stock Code: 140514

  39. Loves Labour's Lost.
    SHAKESPEARE, William. Loves Labour's Lost.

    Stratford-Upon-Avon : 1924

    Signed limited edition, number 8 of 106 copies signed by the illustrator Norman Wilkinson, the writer of the introduction Harley Granville-Barker, and the art editor Albert Rutherston. A further 500 unsigned trade copies were also issued. The text is taken from the First Folio of Shakespeare, with some orthographic modernization. A very attractive production.... Learn More
    £1,000.00

    Stock Code: 140501

  40. The Tragedie of Julius Caesar.
    SHAKESPEARE, William. The Tragedie of Julius Caesar.

    Stratford-Upon-Avon : 1925

    Signed limited edition, number 26 of 106 copies signed by the illustrator Ernst Stern, the writer of the introduction Harley Granville-Barker, and the art editor Albert Rutherston. A further 500 unsigned trade copies were also issued. The text is taken from the First Folio of Shakespeare, with some orthographic modernization. A very attractive production.... Learn More
    £1,000.00

    Stock Code: 140498

  41. Songs and Sonnets.
    SHAKESPEARE, William. Songs and Sonnets.

    London : 1926

    A very prettily bound copy of Palgrave's Golden Treasury edition, first published in 1865. Learn More
    £275.00

    Stock Code: 140119

  42. The Tragedie of King Lear.
    SHAKESPEARE, William. The Tragedie of King Lear.

    Stratford-Upon-Avon : 1927

    Signed limited edition, number 26 of 106 copies signed by the illustrator Paul Nash, the writer of the introduction Harley Granville-Barker, and the art editor Albert Rutherston. A further 500 unsigned trade copies were also issued. The text is taken from the First Folio of Shakespeare, with some orthographic modernization. A very attractive production.... Learn More
    £1,000.00

    Stock Code: 140523

  43. 140848
    SHAKESPEARE, William. The Complete Works.

    London : 1965

    Attractively bound copy of Shakespeare's works. This is a reprint of the large format Oxford Standard Authors edition on India paper, first published in 1954. Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 140848

  44. The Royal Shakespeare Theatre Edition of The Sonnets.
    SHAKESPEARE, William. The Royal Shakespeare Theatre Edition of The Sonnets.

    London : 1974

    Signed limited edition, number 132 of 260 copies, signed on the introduction leaf by the actress Dame Peggy Ashcroft and on the limitation leaf by the calligrapher. This edition of the sonnets is printed in calligraphic form, since, as Ashcroft writes in her introduction, "when first written the Sonnets circulated 'among his private friends'... it seems... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 140685

  45. A Documentary Life.
    (SHAKESPEARE, William.) SCHOENBAUM, S. A Documentary Life.

    New York : 1975

    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
    £225.00

    Stock Code: 116641

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