Collated with all the former Editions, and Corrected. With Notes Critical and Explanatory. By the late Mr. Theobald, Mr. Seward of Eyam in Derbyshire, and Mr. Sympson of Gainsborough.London: J. and R. Tonson and S. Draper, 1750 Stock Code: 102636
First edition edited by the great Shakespearean scholar Lewis Theobald (c.1688-1744), who "made fundamental contributions to English scholarship and print culture" (ODNB). A handsomely printed edition in a lovely period binding.
10 volumes, octavo (200 x 120 mm). Contemporary speckled calf, richly gilt spines, red and green morocco twin labels, two-line gilt border on sides, red speckled edges.
Engraved portraits of the authors by Vertue, wood-engraved head- and tailpieces.
Bookplate on front pastedowns of the Earl of Clanricarde (probably John Smith de Burgh, 11th Earl, 1720-1782) and of a slightly later earl on rear pastedowns (possibly his son, Henry de Burgh, 1st Marquess of Clanricarde, 1743-1797). One or two joints partially split, some light abrasions to covers, a couple of spines just chipped at head, some dampstaining in volume IX.
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