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Dark brown cloth cover with gold and black embossing. Copyright date 1878. 1468 pages.
From the title page:
American's Standard Edition
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare
Carefully collated and compared with the editions of
Halliwell, Knight, Collier, and Others;
Comprehensive Life of the Great Dramatist
by Charles Knight.
Beautifully illustrated with numerous steel engravings
From original drawings,
Chiefly portraits in character of the most distinguished
James B. Lyon, Publisher,
36 Beaver St.
Plate illustrations feature American actors of the 1800s in their roles, including Edwin Forrest as Lear, Charlotte Cushman as Lady Macbeth, J.H. Hackett as Falstaff, and Edwin Booth as Iago.
Contents include Knight's biography, a reproduction of Shakespeare's will, comedies, historical plays, tragedies, and poems.
Measures 8" x 10 1/2" x 3".
Ink inscription inside first page, "Merry Christmas Miss Emma Mott" and dated in pencil 1891.
Good condition. Both front and back endpapers are cracked and torn, resulting in binding being loose from front and back boards. Otherwise, binding is tight and all pages seem to be holding tightly in the binding. Cover has numerous scratches to the cloth. Pages are delicate and yellowed, and some have nicks and small tears at the edges. Appears to be quite clean inside. Overall, a very nice copy for its age.
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