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SHAKESPEARE, William.

The Works....

The text formed from an entirely new collation of the old editions: with the various readings, notes, a life of the poet, and a history of the early English stage by J. Payne Collier.

Availability: In stock

Published: London Whittaker & Co., 1842-4

Stock Code: 124164

£1,875
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Notes

First Collier edition of Shakespeare's works. Literary editor and notorious forger of literary material John Payne Collier (1789-1883) is best-known for his The History of English Dramatic Poetry to the Time of Shakespeare (1831). Although his most important work, it is flawed because "fabrications of historical evidence and documentary text are interspersed in an otherwise meticulous and original scholarly work". Despite this, "it served most Victorians as blameless authority and the principal guide to its subjects" (ODNB). Collier became director of the Shakespeare Society in 1840.

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Description

8 volumes, octavo (228 x 148 mm). Contemporary red morocco by Wiseman, raised bands to spines, compartments lettered in gilt with supralibros of Trinity College, Cambridge to 1st and 6th compartments, triple rule borders in blind to covers, supralibros of Trinity College, Cambridge in centre of covers, floral gilt roll to turn-ins, page markers all edges gilt.

Condition

Spines darkened, extremities rubbed, a few dark marks to covers, occasional foxing throughout, rear hinge of vol. 5 cracked, text block sound. An excellent set, attractively bound.

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