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131992
(SHAKESPEARE, William, and others.)

Collection of 18th-century printings of plays.

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Published: London [various printers; mostly J. Wenman], 1770s-1780s

Stock Code: 131992

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Notes

A substantial collection of approximately 120 plays printed in the 1770s and 1780s, including 20 plays by Shakespeare, all printed for or sold by Joseph Wenman of Fleet Street, part of his Theatrical Library (1776-81). The collections includes works from the Elizabethan period to contemporary writers: other playwrights include William Congreve, Henry Fielding, John Dryden, Nicholas Rowe, Ben Jonson, and Thomas Gay.

Shakespeare plays in the collection:

Volume I:
Richard III. Printed for J. Wenman, 1778. ESTC T29476.
Romeo and Juliet. Printed for J. Wenman, 1778. ESTC T45223.
The Tempest. Printed for J. Wenman, 1778. ESTC T49917.
Midsummer Night's Dream. Printed for J. Wenman, 1778. ESTC T39351.
Much Ado About Nothing. Printed for J. Wenman 1778. ESTC T41605.
Henry VIII. Printed for J. Wenman, 1778. ESTC T29457.
Merry Wives of Windsor. Printed for J. Wenman, 1778. ESTC T39291.
All's Well That Ends Well. Printed for J. Harrison, and sold by J. Wenman, 1778. ESTC T21272.

Volume II:
Coriolanus. Printed for Harrison and Co., and sold by J. Wenman, 1780 (plate present). ESTC T34178.
Timon of Athens. Printed for J. Harrison and Co., and sold by J. Wenman, 1780. ESTC T50343.
Macbeth. Printed for Harrison and Co., and sold by J. Wenman, 1780. ESTC T38816.
Henry V. Printed for Harrison and Co., and sold by J. Wenman, 1780. ESTC T29453.
Julius Caesar. Printed for Harrison and Co., and sold by J. Wenman, 1780. ESTC T29284.

Volume IV:
Twelfth Night. Printed for J. Harrison, and sold by J. Wenman, 1779. ESTC T52028.
Measure for Measure. Printed for J. Harrison, and sold by J. Wenman, 1779. ESTC T39078.
The Winter's Tale. Printed for J. Harrison and Co., and sold by J. Wenman, 1779. ESTC T52577.

Volume V:
Othello. Printed for J. Wenman, 1777. ESTC T43496.
As You Like It. Printed for J. Wenman, 1777. ESTC T22526.
Cymbeline. Printed for J. Wenman, 1777. ESTC T34530.
The Merchant of Venice. Printed for J. Wenman, 1777. ESTC T39238.

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Description

6 volumes, octavo (217 x 130 mm). Contemporary half sheep, black morocco labels, marbled sides, later endpapers.

Illustrations

2 engraved plates.

Condition

Contemporary manuscript contents page to latter four volumes. Wear to extremities, joints of vol. III cracked but holding, joint repairs to vol. II, light browning to contents, occasional instances of chipping and tearing, sometimes with loss, closely cropped in places with occasional loss, some gatherings loosening a little; bound without plates in all but two instances, lacking pages in some places, early paper repairs to first title of vol. III. Overall a very good set.

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