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The Works.
London: Macmillan & Co.,, 1893–5. Edited by William Aldis Wright. With over 1,000 plates, including all the most famous series, inserted by John Howard Taylor. 40 volumes, octavo (255 x 172 mm). Contemporary purple crushed half morocco by Stikeman, blue and gilt floral patterned cloth sides, titles and decoration to spines gilt, blue and gilt floral patterned endpapers, top edges gilt, others untrimmed. Title pages in red and black, frontispieces with tissue-guards and extra-illustrated with numerous engravings. With the bookplates of John C. Wellington to front free endpapers and Carnegie Institute of Technology Hunt Library bequest label to the front pastedowns. (Wellington was an alumni of the Institute, graduating in 1919.) Spines uniformly a little toned, very minor rubbing to tips; an excellent, bright set. Limited edition, one of 500 copies printed on handmade paper. The Cambridge Shakespeare, first published between 1863 and 1866, has "become the standard text... the introductions contain the safest guide as to authorities for the text and the notes form a complete apparatus criticus of the text... it is a monument of editorial judgement and accurate scholarship". This copy is profusely extra-illustrated, with over 1,000 uncalled for engravings.
      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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