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The works of Mr. William Shakespear : in six volumes ; adorn'd with cuts

Author: William ShakespeareNicholas RoweJacob TonsonMichael van der GuchtFrançois BoitardAll authors
Publisher: London : Printed for Jacob Tonson, within Grays-Inn Gate, next Grays-Inn Lane, MDCCIX [1709]
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Genre/Form: Biography
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616.
Works of Mr. William Shakespear.
London : Printed for Jacob Tonson, within Grays-Inn Gate, next Grays-Inn Lane, MDCCIX [1709]
(OCoLC)587350119
Named Person: William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: William Shakespeare; Nicholas Rowe; Jacob Tonson; Michael van der Gucht; François Boitard; Elisha Kirkall
OCLC Number: 3127497
Notes: The first edition published after the four folios; the text is based on the fourth folio.
Contains the plays only.
This is the ordinary paper issue with gutter margin 10 mm; height of text block 19.5 cm. There is also a large paper issue in 6 v. with gutter margins of 16 mm and text block heights of 22.5 cm.
There are two issues of the 1709 works printed on ordinary paper in 6 volumes. This is the first issue, where v. 1, leaf A1, the armorial headpiece is present and signature A is under the 'G' of "Goodness"; v. 6, signature A4 is under "here." See Ford p. 10-11 for a full description of differences between the two issues.
Vol. 1. Signatures: pi² A⁴ a-b⁸ c⁴ B-2G⁸. Pagination: [12], XL, 463, [1] p., [9] leaves of plates. -- v. 2. Signatures: [A]1 B-2K⁸. Pagination: [5], 468-975, [1] p., [8] leaves of plates. -- v. 3. Signatures: [A]1 B-2N⁸. Pagination: [5], 980-1535, [1] p., [8] leaves of plates. -- v. 4. Signatures: [A]1 B-2L⁸ M⁴. Pagination: [5], 1540-2072 p., [7] leaves of plates. -- v. 5. Signatures: [A]1 B-2O⁸. Pagination: [5], 2076-2647, [1] p., [8] leaves of plates. -- v. 6. Signatures: A⁸ (-A1) B-2N⁸. Pagination: [5], 2656-3324 p., [10] leaves of plates.
With a general title page in volume 1; each volume with a volume title page; each play with an individual play title page with the imprint: Printed in the year 1709.
Engraved portrait frontispiece plate lettered: M. Vdr. Gucht sculp.; frontispiece included in each volume. Engravings for plays lettered for pagination, attributed to artist Boitard and engraver Kirkall (see H.A. Hammelmann, Shakespeare's first illustrators, Apollo, supplement "notes on British art" p. 1-4, August 1968).
Paged continuously; numerous errors in paging.
Description: 6 v. : ill. (engravings) ; 20 cm (8vo)
Contents: v. 1. Tempest ; Two gentlemen of Verona ; Merry wives of Windsor ; Measure for measure ; Comedy of errors ; Much ado about nothing ; Love's labour's lost --
v. 2. Midsummer night's dream ; Merchant of Venice ; As you like it ; Taming of the shrew ; All's well that ends well ; Twelfth-night ; Winter's tale --
v. 3. King John ; King Richard II ; King Henry IV. Part 1 ; King Henry IV. Part 2 ; Henry V ; King Henry VI. Part 1 ; King Henry VI. Part 2 --
v. 4. King Henry VI. Part 3 ; King Richard III ; King Henry VIII ; Troilus and Cressida ; Coriolanus ; Titus Andronicus --
v. 5. Romeo and Juliet ; Timon of Athens ; Julius Caesar ; Macbeth ; Hamlet ; King Lear ; Othello --
v. 6. Antony and Cleopatra ; Cymbeline ; Pericles ; London prodigal ; Thomas, Lord Cromwell ; Sir John Oldcastle ; Puritan ; Yorkshire tragedy ; Locrine.
Other Titles: Plays.
Responsibility: revis'd and corrected, with an account of the life and writings of the author, by N. Rowe, Esq.

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