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

Author: William ShakespeareNicholas RoweJacob TonsonMichael van der GuchtBenoît ArlaudAll authors
Publisher: London : Printed for Jacob Tonson, within Grays-Inn Gate, next Grays-Inn Lane, MDCCIX [1709]
Edition/Format:   Print book : Drama : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Biography
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; Benoît Arlaud; Gaspard Duchange; François Boitard; Elisha Kirkall
OCLC Number: 38683251
Notes: The first edition published after the four folios; the text is based on the fourth folio.
Contains the plays only.
This is the large paper issue with gutter margin 16 mm minimum; height of text block 22.5 cm minimum. The ordinary paper issue has a gutter margin of about 10 mm and a text block height of about 19.5 cm. There is also a large paper issue in 9 volumes.
With a general title page in v. 1; each volume with a volume title page; each play with an individual play title page, reading: Printed in the year 1709.
Vol. 1. Signatures: pi² A⁴ a-b⁸ c⁴ B-2G⁸. Pagination: [12], XL, 464 p., [10] 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.
Engraved frontispiece plates lettered: M. Vdr. Gucht sculp.; frontispiece included in each volume. Engraved portrait (v. 1)--lettered: B. Arlaud del., G. Duchange scul., Mr. William Shakespear, p. 1 in the life. 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).
The Arlaud-Duchange portrait was issued in v. 1 of the large paper issues in 6 v. and in 9 v. of Rowe's 1709 works of Shakespeare. It was not executed and added later, as claimed by Ford (See Dawson, G.E. The Arlaud-Duchange portrait of Shakespeare. The Library, 1935, s4-XVI (3): 290-294).
Paged continuously; numerous errors in paging.
Description: 6 v. : ill., port. (engravings) ; 23 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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