Cambridge: Macmillan and Co., 1863, 1863, 1863, 1864, 1864, 1865, 1865,1866, 1866,
First Printings of this important edition. octavo, three-quarter maroon morocco and cloth, five raised bands. T.e.g. xliv, 464; viii, 434; xii, 356; xiv, 658; xx, 648; xiv, 524; xx, 600xxxii, 672 pp. Macmillan and Co., Item #31092
Vol 3, Addenda Corrigenda tipped-in. Vol 6 Erratum tipped-in. “The Works of William Shakespeare (1863-6), edited by William George Clark, with at first W. Aldis Wright and later John Glover as collaborators, was published in nine volumes by Macmillan, but printed at the University Press, so that it became known as the Cambridge Shakespeare. This important edition was based on a ‘thorough collation of the four Folios and of all the Quarto editions of the separate plays, and of subsequent editions and commentaries’ (preface), so that in textual matters it constitutes a virtual variorum. Prefaces provide accounts of the early textual history of each of the works, and the volumes include the texts of first quartos of Hamlet and Romeo and Juliet, as well as the quartos relating to Henry V, The First Part of the Contention (2 Henry VI), and Richard Duke of York (3 Henry VI). Clark and Wright used the Cambridge edition as the basis for the influential one-volume Globe Shakespeare.” The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare, p. 54. Ink stamped on verso of front endpapers as bound by Sotheran and Co., London. From the library and with a dozen or so marginal pencil notations of Walter H. Briggs. Briggs was Harvard College Librarian who started his association with the Widener Library in 1896. Included are seven 5 3/4" x 13" broadside announcements for "The Old Cambridge Shakespeare Association" dated from 1931 - 1935. The group was comprised of Cambridge, Massachusetts members who would gather to perform readings of Shakespeare's plays. Mr. and Mrs. Briggs appear as members of the cast in nearly every announcment. Although the set is solid, it has been used showing scuffing at the corners, though no bumps, and with some volumes having minor wear to leather at top of spine. Volume IX was the most used having its spine lifted and a new leather hinge laid down. An important edition of Shakespeare.
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