The Plays of William Shakspeare - William Shakespeare 1823 - Printed for C. and J Rivington, London ‘All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances;
And one man in his time plays many parts’
As You Like it : Act II, Scene VII.

A handsome early 19th century edition of Shakespeare’s plays, with illustrated portrait of Shakespeare as frontispiece, and play texts printed in two columns.

Features the Bard’s Comedies, Tragedies, and Histories, as well as a glossary and sketch of Shakespeare’s life. Accurately printed from the text of the corrected copies, left by the late George Steevens, Esq. and Edmond Malone. Esq.
  George Steevens (1736-1800) was an English Shakespearean commentator.

Edmond Malone (1741-1812) was an Irish Shakespearean scholar and editor of the works of Shakespeare.

References: Martin, Edmond Malone, Shakespearean Scholar: A Literary Biography. ‘George Steevens’ Cambridge Alumni.

Octavo (15 x 23.5 cm). pp. [4] xx 960 [2]. Re-backed with spine re-layed.
  Bound in contemporary full calf, re-backed to style with spine re-layed, triple gilt fillet border to panels, spine in six compartments decoratively tooled in gilt, green morocco spine label lettered in gilt, marbled edges and endpapers.   Condition: Very good, touch of wear to upper corners, hint of rubbing to panels, a few faint scattered spots to preliminaries and end pages.   Ref: 108291   Price: HK$ 1,500