The Plays…. William Shakespeare.

The Plays….

London: Printed by T. Bentley, Bolt Court, 1800.

Harding edition, large paper copy. Portrait by Ridley, vignette of Swan on the Avon on the general title-page, individual title to each play, plates by Stothard and others. Demy 8vo (8-1/2 x 5-3/8 inches). Bound in contemporary calf, spines neatly rebacked to style in gilt and contrasting red and green title labels, new endsheets, some foxing to text and plates throughout Jaggard, p. 508; Franklin, Shakespeare Domesticated, p. 50. Item #260449

A large paper copy of Harding’s 12-volume Shakespeare edition, “in admirable taste, printed by Bentley; clear to read …” (Franklin), with Rowe’s Life, a Glossary, Farmer’s essay on Shakespeare’s learning, and a Preface by Dr. Johnson. Jaggard states “One of the few sets on large paper, demy 8vo, is at Stratford.” The regular issue, much smaller, was advertised as a 12mo.

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