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    First Edition of Pope's Shakespeare

    William Shakespeare. The Works of Shakespeare in Six Volumes. Collated and Corrected by the Former Editions, by Mr. Pope. [and:] [Lewis] Theobald. Shakespeare Restored or, a Specimen of the Many Errors, as Well Committed, as Unamended, by Mr. Pope. London: Printed for Jacob Tonson in the Strand, 1723-1725. Seventh volume Printed for R. Francklin, 1726. Seven quarto volumes. Volume 1. Engraved frontispiece of Shakespeare by George Vertue, inserted engraved portrait of Alexander Pope, title, blank, preface i-xxiv, Account of Shakespear xxv-xli, [1], poem [3], subscriber list [7], title, contents, half-title, 2-563; Volume 2. Title page, contents, half-title, 4-656; Volume 3. Title page, contents, half-title, 1-499; Volume 4. Title page, contents, half-title, 4-547, epilogue (1); Volume 5. Title page, contents, half-title, 4-599; Volume 6. Title page, contents, half-title, blank, prologue, 6-591, blank, index [31], blank, table [4]. Seventh volume viii, 194 pages. Contemporary leather, rebacked. Marbled endpapers. Seventh volume contemporary quarter -leather over marbled boards. Spines lettered in gilt. Contemporary gilt inscription on the title page of each volume. Boards with moderate wear along the edges; taped reinforced hinges; contents generally bright. Very good condition.

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    Pope had been working simultaneously on this and his celebrated translation of Homer, published the same year, for the past few years, both being published by Tonson. 750 copies were printed, although 140 were left unsold. The first volume is dated 1725, the others 1723, suggesting that the first volume was printed last. As with Rowe, Pope's edition covered only the plays. The supplemental volume was published in 1725, but neither Tonson nor Pope had any part in it.

    Ford, Shakespeare 1700-1740, pp. 19-21; Griffith 149; Jaggard, p. 498.

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