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The Plays of William Shakespeare
- London - C Bathurst, W Strahan et al. 1778 - The complete works of William Shakespeare. The second edition, revised and augmented,of Samuel Johnson's seminal work. With Shakespeare's works to volumes I-X and two supplement volumes to XI and XII. The two supplement editions were published in 1780 and are the first edition. With a frontispiece, three plates and a vignette to volume I anda folding plate to volume V. Folding plate to the first volume of supplement. Lacking frontispiece to thefist supplement volume. With half titles to all volumes. To the start of volume I thereis a lot of interesting critical material including extracts from Rowe's life of Shakespeare, Shakespeare's will, apotential order for the plays and more. Condition: In uniform tree calf bindings with gilt stamping to spines. Externally, smart with light rubbing to the spines and boards. Bumping to the extremities of most boards. Small loss to the head and tail of spine to volumes III and X. Front board to volumes I, V, X andXIIare detached but present. Front endpaper to volume X is torn from where parts are still bound to pastedown. Front endpaper to volume XII has detached but ispresent with the front free endpaper torn and lacking bottom portion. Crack to rear joint of volumes I, II, IV andVI. Crack to front joint of volume IV resulting in both joint and hinge being tender. Both hinges to volumes II, III, VIII andIXare slightly strained but firm. Rear hinge to volumes IV, V andVIare slightly strained but firm. Front joint and hinge to volume VI are weak and heldby one cord only, may detach with further handling. Both jointsto volumes VIII andIXhavesmallcracks, resulting in jointsstarting. Rear joint and hinge to volumeXII is weak and held bytwocords only,may detach with further handling. Prior owner's notations to the recto of front endpaper to volume I. Internally, all volumes are firmly bound. Pages are slightly age toned with spotting to thefirst and last few pages. Theodd spots throughout. Overall: GOOD ONLY due to binding. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
      [Bookseller: Rooke Books PBFA]
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