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Bell's Edition of Shakespeare's Plays, 9 Volumes Complete, 1774 (1 of 10)
Bell's Edition of Shakespeare's Plays, 9 Volumes Complete, 1774 (2 of 10)
Bell's Edition of Shakespeare's Plays, 9 Volumes Complete, 1774 (3 of 10)
Bell's Edition of Shakespeare's Plays, 9 Volumes Complete, 1774 (4 of 10)
Bell's Edition of Shakespeare's Plays, 9 Volumes Complete, 1774 (5 of 10)
Bell's Edition of Shakespeare's Plays, 9 Volumes Complete, 1774 (6 of 10)
Bell's Edition of Shakespeare's Plays, 9 Volumes Complete, 1774 (7 of 10)
Bell's Edition of Shakespeare's Plays, 9 Volumes Complete, 1774 (8 of 10)
Bell's Edition of Shakespeare's Plays, 9 Volumes Complete, 1774 (9 of 10)
Bell's Edition of Shakespeare's Plays, 9 Volumes Complete, 1774 (10 of 10)
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Bell's Edition of Shakespeare's Plays, 9 Volumes Complete, 1774

REF: LA361088
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Full title: Bell's Edition of Shakespeare's Plays, As they are now performed at the Theatres Royal in London. Regulated from the Prompt Books of each House. By permission; with Notes Critical and Illustrative. By the Authors of the Dramatic Censor Author: William Shakespeare Publication: Printed for John Bell, London and C Etherington, York, 1774 A very good and complete set of this lovely edition, in full contemporary calf with gilt tooled spines and red title pieces. The editor explains in the original advertisement that this is not an edition meant for the profoundly learned, but the pride and joy of the publisher, as set out in his Advertisement for the set, are the plates which precede each play, which, as he says, are engraved by a selection of the best engravers of the period. The advertisement, dated December 7th 1773, explains that "the engravings for the remaining plays are nearly finished... which with the Letterpress, will be published early next Spring, in three volumes" Consequently the engraved title pages in each volume are dated 1774, but the printed title pages for each play in Volumes 1-5 are dated 1773, and the publication dates of the plates follow suit. Volume 9 is a supplement containing a Life of Shakespeare and his poems, with an engraved title page and one engraved plate dated December 1774. Volume 1 contains a list of subscribers, and introductory essay on oratory, and two engraved portraits of Shakespeare and David Garrick. Condition overall is very good: moderate wear externally with minor losses to heads of spines, very slight losses to some volume labels. The main issue is the spine of Volume 7 which is cracked between signatures H and L and a Japanese paper repair has been done, which is probably the best that can be done without rebacking. Slight opening to joints but they are all sound on the cords, and the hinges are all sound. Pages and plates are all very clean and sound, occasional very light foxing and/or offsetting to plates. The set is ESTC ref N474724, and collates in conformity with the ESTC reference. 12mo, 12 x 19 cm approx. This set is from the library of Newbold Pacey Hall, where it has presumably been from the date the Hall was built until very recently. No marks or inscriptions.

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Chester's Farm Antiques has clarified that the Bell's Edition of Shakespeare's Plays, 9 Volumes Complete, 1774 (LA361088) is genuinely of the period declared with the date/period of manufacture being 1774

condition

Condition overall is very good: moderate wear externally with minor losses to heads of spines, very slight losses to some volume labels. The main issue is the spine of Volume 7 which is cracked between signatures H and L and a Japanese paper repair has been done, which is probably the best that can be done without rebacking. Slight opening to joints but they are all sound on the cords, and the hinges are all sound. Pages and plates are all very clean and sound, occasional very light foxing and/or offsetting to plates.

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