London and New York: Macmillan and Co., 1891. Item #01720
A Finely Bound Set of Shakespeare
SHAKESPEARE, William. WRIGHT, William Aldis (editor). [The Cambridge Shakespeare]. The Works of Shakespeare. London and New York: Macmillan and Co., 1891.
Third edition (revised) of the Cambridge Shakespeare. Nine octavo volumes (8 3/8 x 5 5/8 inches; 213 x 144 mm.).
Handsomely bound by Bayntun of Bath (stamp-signed on the verso of the front-free endpaper) ca. 1950, in three-quarter dark-green crushed levant morocco ruled in gilt, over green cloth boards. Spines panelled and lettered in gilt with four different gilt center tools, top edge gilt, marbled endpapers. A fine and immaculate set.
“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. Both the Cambridge and the Globe editions were revised in 1891” (The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare).