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A Select Collection of Old English Plays. Originally Published by Robert Dodsley in the Year 1744
Reeves & Turner, London 1874 - Octavo, Minor shelf wear, a little foxing to vellum corners of some of the volumes, a few scuffs to spine labels; very good set. 15 volumes. Octavo (7¾x4¾") half gilt-ruled vellum & cloth, spines decorated in gilt, morocco lettering pieces, top edges gilt. Handsome set of these plays first published in the 18th century. Bookplates of Sir William G. Pearce. Robert Dodsley (13 February 1704 – 23 September 1764) was an English bookseller, poet, playwright, and miscellaneous writer. Profits and fame from his early literary works enabled Dodsley to establish himself with the help of his friends. Alexander Pope lent him £100 as a bookseller at the sign of Tully's Head in Pall Mall, London, in 173 5 . He soon became one of the foremost publishers of the day. One of his first publications was Samuel Johnson's London, for which he paid ten guineas in 1738. He published many of Johnson's works, and he suggested and helped to finance Johnson's Dictionary. Pope also made over to Dodsley his interest in his letters. In 1738 the publication of Paul Whitehead's Manners was voted scandalous by the House of Lords and led to Dodsley's imprisonment for a brief period. Dodsley published for Edward Young and Mark Akenside, and in 1751 brought out Thomas Gray's Elegy.Dodsley is best known as the editor of two collections: Select Collection of Old Plays (12 vols., 1744; 2nd edition with notes by Isaac Reed, 12 vols., 1780; 4th edition, by William Carew Hazlitt, 1874–1876, 15 vols.); and A collection of Poems by Several Hands (1748, 3 vols.), which passed through many editions. [Attributes: Hard Cover]
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