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Sale: 348 / Rare Books, Nov. 17./18. 2008 in Hamburg Lot 68

 
William Shakespeare - The Plays of..., 8 Bde. 1765. [142]

Lot description
Shakespeare, W. - The plays. To which are added notes by S. Johnson. 8 vols. With 1 engr. portrait frontispiece. London, Tonson, Corbet, Woodfall et al. 1765. Later light brown calf bindings with rich gilt spine and double label in colours. 8vo.
Jaggard S. 501. - Lowndes III, 2260f. - First edition of Johnson's Shakespeare. - "The first edition edited by the famous lexicographer, the first variorum edition, and the foundation of hundreds of subsequent issues." (Jaggard) - " ... it was acknowledged to be superior to any of its predecessors, and the preface commanded universal admiration." (Lowndes) - Slightly foxed in places (the portrait stronger) and browned, 1 corner bumped, 1 cover with trace of scraping. All in all fine and very decorative copy.
First edition of Johnson's Shakespeare. With 1 engr. portrait frontispiece. Later light brown calf bindings with rich gilt spine and double label in colours. - Slightly foxed in places (the portrait stronger) and browned, 1 corner bumped, 1 cover with trace of scraping. All in all fine and very decorative copy.

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William Shakespeare
The Plays of..., 8 Bde. 1765. [142]
Estimate:
€ 2,000 / $ 2,340
Sold:
€ 2,880 / $ 2,880

(incl. 20% surcharge)
 


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