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SHAKESPEARE, William.

The Dramatic Works....

From the correct edition of Isaac Reed, Esq. With copious annotations.

Availability: In stock

Published: London Printed for J. Walker; G. Offer; Sharpe and Sons, et al., 1820

Stock Code: 126746

£2,500
OR On display in 43 Dover Street

Notes

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 using Steevens's own corrected copy of Shakespeare; this was issued in 1803 in an "elaborately revised version, in twenty-one volumes, which is generally known as the first variorum" (ODNB).

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Description

12 volumes, octavo (210 x 128 mm). Contemporary red straight-grain morocco, flat bands to spines, compartments lettered and richly tooled in gilt, sides with concentric gilt and blind panels (interlocking drawer-handle tools and blind border of scrolling oakleaves and acorns), gilt edge roll, gilt roll to turn-ins, drab green endpapers, gilt edges.

Condition

Contemporary armorial bookplate of Robert Robertson, 9th laird of Auchleeks (1777-1859); "Robertson was involved in the hire of enslaved people to the British Army in Jamaica", his bookplate carrying the image of a man in shackles (see UCL online: Legacies of British Slave-ownership). Spines slightly faded, occasional tiny scuff marks to covers, a little wear to a couple of tips, hinges of a couple of volumes cracked but holding, contents lightly foxed, particularly prelims. A handsomely bound set.

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