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SHAKESPEARE, William (1564--1616)
[Works. Capell. 1768]
Mr William Shakespeare his 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.
London: printed by Dryden Leach, for J. and R. Tonson, [1768].
10 vols ; 17.8 cm. (8º)
I: [96], 78, 77, [1], 94 p.
II: [2], 98, 64, 91, [1], 92 p.
III: [2], 74, 90, 93, [1], 94 p.
IV: [2], 100, 87, [1], 112, 82 p.
V: [2], 90, 96, 103, [1], 112 p.
VI: [2], 110, 97, [1], 108, 103, [1] p.
VII: [2], 126, 111, [1], 128 p.
VIII: [2], 90, 122, 86, 89, [1] p.
IX: [4], 119, [1], 126, 118 p.
X: [2], 107, [1], 136, 120, [6] p.

Editor's dedication to the Duke of Grafton signed 'Edward Capell', dated Nov. 9, 1767. Contains the dramatic works only; each play has separate divisional half-title and pagination. The title-pages of volumes II--X read: 'The Works of Shakespeare, Volume the ...' with the undated imprint of J. and R. Tonson only; a similar additional title-page follows the preliminaries in volume I. Colophon at the end of vol. X: 'From the Press of Dryden Leach, in Crane Court, Febr. 23. 1768'. Capell's edition, published shortly after those of Samuel Johnson (1765) and George Steevens (1766, q.v.), was the first to be prepared from a complete transcript of the texts rather than a marked-up copy of the previous edition, being the result of a meticulous collation of the early quartos and First Folio. The antiquated style of the introduction drew from Johnson the comment that Capell 'doth gabble monstrously'. The Soane copy is the variant having A3 instead a3 in vol. I. ESTC t138599.

Copy Notes Annotation in pencil, not in Soane's hand on page 15 (first count) of vol. I, identifying [the Duke of] Buckingham as the author of 'The Rehearsal'. Bookseller's hieroglyphs in ink on vol. I rear free-endpaper. References to act and scene numbers on front free-endpaper of vol. V.

Binding Late C18th calf, gilt triple-ruled borders with foliate corner ornaments, gilt-tooled spine compartments, red and green morocco spine-labels reading 'Capell's Shakespeare'.

Reference Number 3677


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