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The Plays. From the corrected text of Johnson and Steevens. Embellished with plates - William Shakespeare

1807 - John Stockdale, London - First Heath Edition
This is how Shakespeare should be read! Six magnificently large quarto volumes of Shakespeare’s plays, with twenty two copperplates engraved by James Heath after Thomas Stothard, William Hamilton and Henry Fuseli.

Volume I – Midsummer Night’s Dream; Taming of the Shrew; Merry Wives of Windsor; Much Ado about Nothing; All’s well that ends well; Measure for Measure.
Volume II – Winter’s Tale; Two Gentlemen of Verona; Hamlet; Romeo and Juliet; Richard II; Richard III.
Volume III – Comedy of Errors; Macbeth; Henry VI; As you like it.
Volume IV – Tempest; Twelfth Night; Henry VIII; Julius Caesar; Timon of Athens; Coriolanus.
Volume V – Love’s Labour’s lost; King John; King Lear; Troilus and Cressida; Titus Andronicus; Othello.
Volume VI – Merchant of Venice; Henry IV; Henry V; Antony and Cleopatra; Cymebline; Pericles.

The engraver James Heath (1757–1834) was the London-born son of a bookbinder. The family originated in Nottingham where James Heath’s grandfather Joseph Heath was a bookseller and writing-master. James was apprenticed to the engraver Joseph Collyer the younger in 1771 and became established as one of the leading line engravers of his time. His first major success was in engraving plates for Bell’s edition of The Poets of Great Britain. He was employed by the Robinson family of booksellers from 1779 to 1804. He became one of the most widely employed engravers of the age, producing illustrations for many celebrated works including Lavater’s Essays on Physiognomy; Vancouver’s A voyage of discovery to the north Pacific Ocean, and round the world; Bruce’s Travels to Discover the Source of the Nile; and the frontispiece portrait to Boswell’s Life of Johnson. He engraved some plates for Boydell’s Shakespeare Gallery, and in 1807 published this six-volume set of Shakespeare illustrated with engravings after works by Stothard and Henry Fuseli on his own account, a substantial demonstration of his huge popularity.
 
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The Works of William Shakespeare - William Shakespeare, Alexander Dyce

1891 - Swan Sonnenschein & Co., London - Sixth Edition
An attractively bound ten volume set of Shakespeare, volume I with Dyce’s Life of Shakespeare, prefaces, and history of the early editions, volume X containing a 526 page glossary. 
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1926 - William Heinemann Ltd., London - Number 302 of 520 limited copies signed by Arthur Rackham.
The isle is full of noises,
Sounds and sweet airs that give delight and hurt not

A beautiful example of the powerful Rackham illustrated
Tempest, signed by him and containing 21 tipped-in colour plates, including an enchanting extra colour plate of Nymphs ringing the bell, not found in the standard trade edition, and in the very seldom seen original dust jacket.

The limited large quarto edition bound in the publisher’s quarter vellum over cream paper boards, lettered and illustrated in gilt.

Merrily, Merrily shall I live now
Under the blossom that hangs on the bough
 
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The Tragedy of Richard the Third: with the Landing of Earle Richmond, and the Battell at Bosworth Field - William Shakespeare, Mary Grabhorn (illustrator)

1953 - The Grabhorn Press, San Francisco - One of 180 Limited Copies
A fine copy of this handsome private press folio, bound in full limp vellum with cloth ties, spine lettered in gilt, and housed in the original green paper covered slipcase.

With six colour illustrations printed from woodblocks designed and cut by Mary Grabhorn. The paper was hand made at the Tuckenay Mill in England, and the type, an old French Lettre Batarde, was cast in Paris at the Peignot Foundry.

The third volume in the beautiful Grabhorn Press series of Shakespeare’s plays, and as with the previous two, the text for this edition is reprinted from the First Folio of 1623.
 
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1955 - The Grabhorn Press, San Francisco - One of 180 Limited Copies
A fine copy of this handsome private press folio, bound in hand made parchment paper with tipped on hand-printed colour medallion and gilt lettered spine, text printed on fine English handmade paper, and featuring seven colour illustrations printed from woodblocks designed and cut by Mary Grabhorn.

The fifth volume in the magnificent Grabhorn Press series of Shakespeare’s plays, and as with the previous four, the text for this edition is reprinted from the First Folio of 1623.

Housed in the publisher’s decorated paper covered slipcase.
 
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Price HK$ 4,000