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    A Handsome Copy of Theobald's Works of Shakespeare

    William Shakespeare. The Works of Shakespeare: in Eight Volumes. Collated with the oldest copies, and corrected: with notes, explanatory, and critical: by Mr. Theobald. The second edition. London: Printed for H. Lintott..., 1740. Second Theobald edition. Complete in eight twelvemo volumes. With thirty-seven plates (including frontispiece) engraved by and after Van der Gucht and Gravelot. Title-pages printed in red and black. Contemporary full mottled calf, covers ruled in gilt in a floral motif, spines tooled in gilt in compartments, one olive and two brown morocco gilt lettering labels, five raised bands, gilt board edges, blind turn-ins, marbled edges and endleaves. Some rubbing to bindings and hinges, upper edge of front board of volume III lightly bumped, a few boards lightly bowing outward. Some foxing in text, some upper margins in text a bit close. Bookplate in volume I. Still, a fine set.

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    "Theobald's first edition was only illustrated by a portrait but the smaller eight-volume edition of 1740 had a notable series of etchings by or after Gravelot...They changed Tonson's humble production into a work of some elegance" (Shakespeare Domesticated, p. 203). Theobald's copious footnotes were reduced in this edition, as was his lengthy preface.

    Ebisch and Schücking, p. 53. Ford, pp. 32-33. Jaggard, p. 499.

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