Edited by William Aldis Wright. In nine volumes.London : 1891-3 Stock Code: 139097
NotesA 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 his industry and accuracy... It was in his nature to be silent about poetic beauty and dramatic genius; but learning, accuracy, and common sense combined to make him one of Britain's greatest Shakespearian scholars" (ODNB). This set is finely bound by the MacLehose bindery, founded in 1862 by Glasgow publisher and bookseller James MacLehose (1811-1885). The bindery soon became known for its elaborately tooled works in an Art Nouveau style.
9 volumes, octavo (228 x 150 mm). Contemporary red half morocco by MacLehose of Glasgow, marbled paper sides, titles tooled in gilt to spines in compartments, raised bands tooled in gilt, compartments extensively tooled in gilt with complex floral pattern, marbled endpapers, top edges gilt, others untrimmed.
Title pages printed in red and black.
Bookplate of James Arthur etched by David Young Cameron to front pastedown of each volume. Negligible rubbing to board edges, contents clean and bright; a fine and handsome set.
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