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Shakespeare William
DRAMATIC WORKS AND POEMS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, with Notes, Original and Selected, and Introductory Remarks to Each Play, By Samuel Weller Singer, F.S.A. and A LIFE OF THE POET By Charles Symmons, D.D. in Two Volumes.
New York George Dearborn 1836. 2 volumes. First of the edition and a very early American issue. Engraved frontispiece of the Bard and many black and white engravings throughout. Tall 8vo, three quarter contemporary black straight-grain morocco over green pebbled cloth boards, the spine with raised bands gilt lined and decorated, lettered in gilt in two compartments, marbled endpapers. 522; 596pp. A very handsome and attractive early American issuance of Shakespeare’s works, with only light aging. A very well preserved set. A NICE EARLY AMERICAN SET. "The object then of the present publication is to afford the general reader a correct edition of Shakespeare, accompanied by an abridged commentary, in which all superfluous and refuted explanations and conjectures, and all controversies and squabbles of contending critics should be omitted; and such elucidations only of obsolete words and obscure phrases, and such critical illustrations of the text as might be deemed most generally useful be retained" [preface]. And so it accomplishes its goal. The editor also includes a section on the life of Shakespeare, an elegy written by Ben Jonson, and a reprint of the Bard’s famous will in which he bequeaths to his wife his "second best bed, with the furniture." [Attributes: Hard Cover]
Bookseller: Buddenbrooks, Inc. [Newburyport, MA, U.S.A.]
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