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SHAKESPEARE, William (1564--1616)
[Works. Boswell-Malone. 1821]
The plays and poems of William Shakspeare, with the corrections and illustrations of various commentators: comprehending a life of the poet, and an enlarged history of the stage, by the late Edmond Malone. With a new glossarial index. Vol. I (--XXI).
London: printed for F. C. and J. Rivington; T. Egerton; J. Cuthell; Scatcherd and Letterman; Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown; Cadell and Davies; Lackington and Co.; J. Booker; Black and Co.; J. Booth; J. Richardson; J. M. Richardson; J. Murray; J. Harding; R.H. Evans; J. Mawman; R. Scholey; T. Earle; J. Bohn; C. Brown; Gray and Son; R. Pheney; Baldwin, Cradock, and Joy; Newman and Co.; Ogles, Duncan, and Co.; T. Hamilton; W. Wood; J. Sheldon; E. Edwards; Whitmore and Fenn; W. Mason; G. and W.B. Whittaker; Simpkin and Marshall; R. Saunders; J. Deighton and Sons, Cambridge; Wilson and Son, York; and Stirling and Slade, Fairbairn and Anderson, and D. Brown, Edinburgh, 1821.
21 vols ; 21.6 cm. (8º)

Edited by James Boswell, the younger, to whom Malone left his materials for a new edition, this is known as the 'third variorum' edition of Shakespeare. Malone's first edition appeared in 1790 in 10 volumes. 'The three variorum editions [1803, 1813, and 1821] together form a fine summary of 18th-century work on Shakespeare but this last, known as Boswell's Malone, has time and again been called the foundation of modern Shakespeare scholarship. Alone among the three variorum editions this included a volume of the poems'. See C. Franklin, Shakespeare domesticated: the eighteenth-century editions (Aldershot: Scholar, 1991), p. 58. Also includes 'Memoirs of Henry Wriothesley, the Third Earl of Southampton' at the end of vol. XX. Soane's copy of the First Folio (q.v.) was bought at Boswell's sale at Sotheby's in May 1825.

Copy Notes Bought from W. Boone for £9, 28 February 1822. (Priv. Corr. XVI.E.4.8).

Binding C19th diced russia calf, slender gilt roll-tooled borders, gilt double-ruled spines, false bands, gilt-lettered. The style of the binding closely matches that of a set of The plays of William Shakspeare, 1803--1805 (q.v.), uniformly bound with a copy of Samuel Aynscough's Index to the remarkable passages and words made use of by Shakspeare, 1790 (q.v.) by Edwin Hutchinson in February 1830 and is likely the work of the same binder.

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