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Shakespeare Illustrated, by an Assemblage of Portraits and Views appropriated to the Whole Suite, of our Author's Historical Dramas, to which are added Portraits, of Actors, Editors, &c.
London S & E Harding 1793 - With Over 138 Engraved Plates [SHAKESPEARE, William]. Shakspeare Illustrated, by an Assemblage of Portraits and View, appropriated to the Whole Suite, of our Author's Historical Dramas, to which are added Portraits, of Actors, Editors, &c. London: S & E Harding, 1793. Folio, large paper copy (16 x 11 inches; 407 x 175 mm). Engraved title and 138 engraved plates, plus an additional two nineteenth-century portraits on versos of two plates. A folding engraved map is inserted at the end. Contemporary half red straight-grain morocco over later marbled boards. Spine stamped and lettered in gilt. Newer endpapers. Outer joints repaired. Some wear to corners. A very small repaired tear to bottom margin of title-page, not affecting text. A few closed tears professionally repaired to lower blank margin of Shakespeare portrait. One lower corner missing on one plate, also not affecting image. Overall a very good copy. "Its success was no doubt due to the high convenience of ripping out so many suitable engravings to grangerize the more earnest sets which stopped short at a portrait or two.Here suddenly was every imaginable person and scene to catch the flagging attention." (Shakespeare Domesticated, p. 212). See Jaggard, p. 139. HBS 66073. $1,500 [Attributes: Hard Cover]
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