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AYSCOUGH, Samuel (1745--1804)
An index to the remarkable passages and words made use of by Shakspeare; calculated to point out the different meanings to which the words are applied. By the Rev. Samuel Ayscough, F.S.A. ...
London: printed for John Stockdale, 1790.
672, [8] p. ; 23.6 cm. (8º)

Also published as a third volume (paged continuously) in Stockdale's two-volume edition of Shakspeare's dramatic works, 1790 (ESTC t138291). At foot of title 'Entered at Stationers-Hall' (n blackletter). With four final advertisement leaves. The first attempt at a concordance to Shakespeare. Ayscough, an assistant librarian at the British Museum, also compiled the index to the Gentleman's Magazine for 1731--86 (q.v.), earning a reputation as the 'Prince of Index-Makers'. ESTC n7341; Jaggard, 506; Lowndes, p. 90; Alston III, 753.

Copy Notes Lacking the final advertisements.

Binding C19th diced russia calf, slender gilt roll-tooled borders, gilt double-ruled spines, false bands, gilt-lettered, marbled edges. Bound to match a 10-volume set of The plays of William Shakspeare, 1803--5 (q.v.) on 15 February 1830 by Edwin Hutchinson for 8s. (Archives 7/14/36).

Reference Number 3685


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