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SHAKESPEARE, William (1564--1616)
[Selections. 1810]
The beauties of Shakspeare: regularly selected from each play, with a general index, digesting them under proper heads. By the late Rev. William Dodd, LL.D.
London: printed by C. Whittingham, for John Sharpe, 1810.
xii, [2], 353, [15] p., engr. frontis., add. engr. t.-pl. ; 12.0 cm. (24°)

The first anthology of Shakespeare and the only enduring work of the 'unfortunate Doctor Dodd', now best known for Dr. Johnson's unavailing championship of his cause when he was convicted of forgery, was first published in two volumes duodecimo in 1752; a third augmented edition in three volumes was published in 1780 (q.v.). The engraved additional title-plate and frontispiece are by C. Pye after Thomas Stothard, and bear the undated imprint of J. Walker and J. Harris.

Copy Notes Inscribed in ink on verso of title-page A / Very small / Testimony of / Respect from / James Asperne / to / John Soane Esqr / Cornhill / 23-2-13. Octagonal pink paper label of Asperne, bookseller, 32 Cornhill, top left of rear pastedown. In addition to the present copy and a copy of the third edition in three volumes (q.v.), there is archival evidence that Soane purchased further copies, presumably as gifts. A copy in '[illegible] morocco' was bought from James Asperne for 11s. 6d., 28 April 1814. (Spiers Box loose bills); another was 'ordered for Miss P. [Patterson] as a present for her kindness in making the Catalogue of my Library' (Archives 4/B/7/3); another was apparently bought from Asperne in July 1817 on the evidence of the Guildhall Library entry in their 'Trades File' for James Asperne covering financial transactions between Soane and Asperne for the period 1814--1817. The relevant line shows: '1817: July 23: Dodds Beauties of / Shakespeare 24º blue / morocco £1.3.0'. Yet another copy in 'morocco sup.' was bought from James Moyes for 14s., 28 May 1822. (Priv. Corr.XVI.E.4:1; Spiers Box 'Purchases through Personal friends').

Binding C19th diced calf, gilt-tooled palmette and anthemion borders within French fillets, Etruscan-style spine, gilt-ruled black-stained bands dividing compartments, marbled edges and endpapers.

Reference Number 1501


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