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SHAKESPEARE, William (1564--1616)
[Works. Johnson & Steevens. 1778]
The plays of William Shakspeare. In ten volumes. With the corrections and illustrations of various commentators; to which are added notes by Samuel Johnson and George Steevens. The second edition, revised and augmented.
London: printed for C. Bathurst, W. Strahan, J. F. and C. Rivington, J. Hinton, L. Davis [and 28 others in London], 1778.
10 vols ; 21.7 cm. (8º)
I: [4], 346, [6], 372 p., frontis. port., [2] pl. : wdcut illus.
II: [4], 527, [1] p.
III: [4], 536 p.
IV: [4], 611, [1] p.
V: [4], 612, [4] p., [1] fold. pl.
VI: [4], 566 p.
VII: [4], 500 p.
VIII: [4], 562 p.
IX: [4], 573, [1] p.
X: [4], 629, [5] p.

The Johnson and Steevens edition of the plays of Shakespeare was first published in 1773. Having already contributed a list of the extant Shakespeare quartos and notes to the appendix of Samuel Johnson's edition of 1765 and published his own edition of twenty of Shakespeare's plays retaining the spelling of the original quartos in 1766 (q.v.), Steevens collaborated with Johnson on the revision of the latter's edition as acknowledged by the presence of his name on the title-page. It was later re-edited by Isaac Reed (former owner of Soane's copy of the First Folio, q.v.) for the third edition in 1785. The title-pages to volumes II--X do not bear an edition statement. The last leaf of vol. X contains 'Accidental Omissions &c. In Volume I.'. The folded plate in vol. V is an engraving of Morris dancers by J. Keyse Sherwin from an ancient window in the house of George Tollet at Betley in Staffordshire. ESTC t149955; Lowndes III, 2261 (for the first edition).

Copy Notes The date(?) 1461 added in pencil by the name of Edward IV in the list of characters for 'Richard II' in vol. VII.

Binding C18th calf, gilt-tooled spines with wreathed lyre ornament in first, fifth and sixth compartments, red, green and black morocco spine-labels.

Reference Number 3679


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