COMEDIES, HISTORIES, AND TRAGEDIES. Set out by himself in quarto, or by the Players his Fellows in folio, and now faithfully republish'd from those Editions in ten Volumes octavo; with an Introduction: Whereunto will be added, in some other Volumes, Notes, critical and explanatory, and a Body of Various Readings entire.

Complete in ten volumes. Bound by master bookbinder Charles Hering with his paper book label (address of 10 St. Martin Street, London dating the binding between 1795 and 1815) to the upper left corner of the underside of the front endpaper in volume I. Full vellum, titles in gilt, blue painted bands and gilt decorated compartments to the spine. Upper and lowers boards double ruled in blue. Marbled endpapers. All edges gilt. 8vo. General title page to volume I; each volume with a volume specific title page and each play has a separate divisional half-title and is individually paginated. Engraved portrait of Shakespeare signed "J. Miller SC:" at the conclusion of the introduction at the foot of p.74. At the conclusion of the corrigenda pages in volume X is printed "From the press of Dryden Leach, in Crane Court; Febr. 23, 1768". All volumes are in very good condition, the bindings square and firm with a little bowing at the board edges. Volume V with some pitting or scuffing to the vellum at the spine edge and the occasional unobtrusive mark to some others. The contents with the book plate of Fred W. Kell to the front pastedown of each volume are otherwise clean throughout. Excellent.

A beautiful set of the first edition of Capell's Shakespeare. "It was the first edition to be prepared from a complete transcript rather than a marked-up copy of the previous edition, and it marked a change of editorial policy in which the textus receptus was rejected in favour of an unusually meticulous collation of the early quartos [of which Capell had 55 in his own collection] and first folio. Pegge records that Lord Dacre wrote to Capell as the 'Restorer of Shakespeare', and that Capell wept on reading the letter. Capell was the first to drop Rowe's anecdotal account of Shakespeare's life; he set the agenda for the documentary research of Edmond Malone into Shakespearian chronology and biography" (ODNB).

Stock code: 16234

£2,500

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