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SHAKESPEARE, William (1564--1616)
[Selections. 1828]
Selections from Shakspeare. By Benjamin Oakley, Esq.
London: printed for Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown, and Green; J.M. Richardson; and Black, Young, & Young, 1828.
xxii, [2], 182 p. ; 18.4 cm. (8º)

Benjamin Oakley was a stockbroker with a taste for private theatricals, drawing and writing letters, some of which he published in 1823 (q.v.). His enthusiasm for Shakespeare was shared with Soane and their mutual friend John Britton (q.v.), and a letter from Oakley to Soane dated 21 January 1832 records how they "used to chat about dear darling Shakespeare". (Priv. Corr. II.O.1.9). The present volume of 'gleanings ... selected as adapted to assist the memory of the admirers of the Immortal Bard', has a dedication to the celebrated actress, Mrs Siddons. (See Bolton, Portrait, p. 209). With the printer's statement of J. Moyes, Oakley's son-in-law and Soane's printer, on the final page.

Copy Notes Inscribed in ink on second free-endpaper (cropped at the fore-edge by the binder) For / John Soane, Esq. / With Mr. Oakley's comp[li]/ments. A letter dated 18 March 1828 may relate to the book being sent to Soane 'As one, who is able to appreciate the Beauties of our Immortal Bard'. (Priv. Corr. II.O.1.5). In addition to the copies of his two books, Oakley also gave Soane a watercolour drawing of a sea view (SM Inv. P354). Substantive research on Oakley was compiled by Julia Hoffbrand in 2001 and is included in the museum inventory file.

Binding C19th half russia calf, marbled-paper boards, gilt double-ruled spine . Bound by Edwin Hutchinson for 2s., 5 January 1830. (Archives 7/14/40 book binding).

Reference Number 1502


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