Edited, with a scrupulous revision of the text by by Charles and Mary Cowden Clarke.London: Bickers & Son, 1881 Stock Code: 145921
An attractively bound set of Shakespeare's works.
Originally published in 1860, it was edited by Charles Cowden Clarke and his wife, Mary (née Novello). Charles was a Shakespeare scholar and, in his youth, a close friend of John Keats, who in his poem "To Charles Cowden Clarke", wrote that his friend had "first taught me all the sweets of song" (l. 53). Mary was also a Shakespeare scholar in her own right and, in her words, "the first (and as yet, only) woman editor of our great poet" (Clarke, p. 145).
4 volumes, octavo (224 x 146 mm). Contemporary tree calf, twin morocco labels to spines, raised bands, compartments decorated in gilt, gilt roll to borders and edges, blind roll to turn-ins, marbled edges and endpapers.
Neat contemporary ownership inscription struck through and modern ownership inscription to first blanks. Front joint of vol. I partly cracked at head, still firm, a little rubbing to extremities, faint foxing to a few leaves, overall contents clean and fresh. A very good copy.
Mary Cowden Clarke, My Long Life: An Autobiographical Sketch, 1896.
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