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|All Authors / Contributors:||
William Shakespeare; Alexander Pope; Nicholas Rowe; Thomas Hanmer, Sir; Samuel Birt; Henry Lintot; Charles Hitch; John Brindley; Somerset Draper; Richard Wellington; E New; Benjamin Dodd; Gerard Van der Gucht; Hubert François Gravelot; John Osborn; John and Paul Knapton (Firm),; T. Longman (Firm),; J. and R. Tonson,
|Notes:||Knapton et al. published two editions of the works in nine volumes in 1747 with completely different settings of type and differing pagination. In this edition, there is an engraving for each play; on the general t.p., the final line of the title reads "Quarto, 1744"; the second "n" in "Longman" is dropped from the imprint; and the printer's devices on the volume title pages vary.
Edited by Sir Thomas Hanmer.
Contains the plays only.
Vol. 1. Signatures: A⁴ a-c⁶ d⁴ B-Z⁶ 2A². Pagination: xliv, , 268 p.,  leaves of plates -- v. 2. Signatures: A-2E⁶ 2F⁶ ( -2F6). Pagination: 346 p.,  leaves of plates -- v. 3. Signatures: A-2A⁶ 2B⁴. Pagination: 295,  p.,  leaves of plates -- v. 4. Signatures: [A]² B-2E⁶. Pagination 328 p.,  leaves of plates -- v. 5. Signatures: A-2E⁶. Pagination: 336 p.,  leaves of plates -- v. 6. Signatures: A-2G⁶. Pagination: 360 p. -- v. 7. Signatures: A-2E⁶ 2F². Pagination: 339,  p.,  leaves of plates -- v. 8. Signatures: [A]⁴ B-2E⁶. Pagination: 332 p.,  leaves of plates -- v. 9. Signatures: A-2D⁶ 2E². Pagination: 296,  p.,  leaves of plates.
Vol. 1 with a general title page; all volumes with a dated volume title page stating: "the works of Mr. William Shakespear : volume the first [second, etc.] ... "; all plays with an individual play half-title.
Engraved frontispiece portrait lettered: G. Vander Gucht (v. 1). With unlettered engraving after Gravelot of Shakespeare's monument in Westminster Abbey (v. 1)--and unlettered individual play engravings after the 1740 Theobald plates of Vander Gucht and Gravelot.
Vol. 1 with a preface, Pope's preface, Some account of the life, &c. of Mr. William Shakespear by Rowe, and Ben Jonson's poem. Vol. 9 with a glossary.
|Description:||9 v. : ill., port. (engravings) ; 13 cm. (12mo)|
|Contents:||v. 1. Tempest ; Midsummer night's dream ; Two gentlemen of Verona ; Merry wives of Windsor --
v. 2. Measure for measure ; Comedy of errors ; Much ado about nothing ; Merchant of Venice ; Love's labours lost --
v. 3. As you like it ; Taming of the shrew ; All's well that ends well ; Twelfth-night --
v. 4. Winter's tale ; King Lear ; King John ; King Richard II --
v. 5. King Henry IV. Part 1 ; King Henry IV. Part 2 ; King Henry V ; King Henry VI. Part 1 --
v. 6. King Henry VI. Part 2 ; King Henry VI. Part 3 ; King Richard III ; King Henry VIII --
v. 7. Timon of Athens ; Coriolanus ; Julius Caesar ; Antony and Cleopatra --
v. 8. Titus Andronicus ; Macbeth ; Troilus and Cressida ; Cymbeline --
v. 9. Romeo and Juliet ; Hamlet ; Othello.
|Responsibility:||carefully printed from the Oxford edition in quarto, 1744.|