The Beauties of Shakespeare;

Shakespeare (William)

The Beauties of Shakespeare;

Selected from his Plays and Poems

Description: with engraved title-page with a circular vignette portrait with the profile of Garrick to the left, gazing on the Master, pp. xxiii, 36, 49-235, 248-275 (text continuous despite the gaps in pagination), 8vo, uncut in contemporary half calf, rather rubbed but solid enough, 2 of the calf corners missing, printed label iside front cover of 'Ledger's Circulating Library, Dovor' (i.e. Dover), with a list of the goods and services available

Publication Details: Printed for G. Kearsley, 1783

Notes: First edition of this selection, a scarce 'Beauties', ESTC recording just 3 copies - BL, Cambridge, Folger. A different selection from that compiled by William Dodd, indeed a rival to Dodd; preceded by a Life. 'Price Half a Crown Sewed' at foot of title-page. The contemporary binding was perhaps the cheapest available: a pleasantly humble volume. Ledger's Albion library opened in 1782, and this seems to be the 298th book acquired for it.

Bibliography: (Jaggard p. 562; ESTC T222662)

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Price: £750

Subject: Literature

Published Date: 1783

Stock Number: 60529

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