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Oxford: Printed at the Theatre, 1744. Some occasional light foxing, but very clean and about fine. First Hanmer Edition Six volumes. Quarto. xliii, [v], 514p; 600P; 563; 507P [I]; 552P; 547P, [xiv, glossary, errata]. Illustrated with the Chandos portrait engraved by Gravelot, 36 full-page plates engraved by Gravelot after Hayman, and 26 cul-de-lampe (complete). Includes the Hanmer and Pope prefaces, Rowe's biographical account, and a poem by Ben Johnson. Recently and handsomely rebound in full calf with period marbled endpapers, the spines with gilt titles and extensive gilt panel ornaments, the covers with panels and corner ornaments in blind, gilt-rolled board edges With the bookplate of John Ormiston.& "What the Pubick is here to expect is a true and correct Edition of Shakespear's works cleared from the corruptions with which they have hitherto abounded. One of the great Admirers of this incomparable Author hath made it the amusement of his leisure hours for many years past to look over his writings with a careful eye, to note the obscurities and absurdities introduced into the text, and according to the best of his judgment to restore the genuine sense and purity of it." (Hanmer's preface). Arguably the best Shakespeare edition of the 18th century.& Jaggard p. 499; Cohen-De Ricci p. 953; Lowndes IV, 2260.
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