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SOLD - Vintage book set Eversley Edition Shakespeare 1902, vols I, II, III, notes by C. H. Herford, part of famous English Classics series

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NOTE: This book has been sold but I keep it up so someone interested can find it (like you!) so that I can know to look for it specifically for them. Of course it won't be the same book but I am good at and love the hunt for books, and can likely find you another copy of that same edition or another beautiful edition of the same book. :) Don't ever hesitate to contact me on sold listings, that's why they are here!

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There is no other book like this one.

What can I say about Shakespeare? These three books are part of a longer set of volumes but the stories within them are some of Shakespeare's best. What sets this set apart specifically are the notes added by C. H. Herford, noted on the title page as "Litt. D., Hon. Litt. D. (Vict)." and "Professor of the English language and literature in the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth." The man was extremely well-learned and many would say there was likely no better editor for this project at the time. He prefaces the books by saying "The present edition of the Works of Shakespeare form a part of the now well-known Eversley series of the English classics" and that it is designed "rather of rate cultivated but not learned reader than for the professed Shakespearean or the examinee, though neither of these, it is hoped, will turn to it altogether in vain."

He says, for instance, "The bulk of the notes are intended to provide, in the briefest possible form, such information as may serve to smooth the reader's path without insulting his intelligence." So he tries to make his work approachable and less scholarly, but not deny his deep knowledge of the texts and his long history of impressive scholarship--hard to do. As you read his thoughts, though, you find he has figured out how to do it.

In his introduction to A Midsummer Night's Dream he gives the date it was first mentioned (1598), the date it first appeared in print, and then gives details that might not be known to most: there were two editions that were published nearly simultaneously in 1600, and he praises the second for being "in general far superior to the texts known to have been pirated," but then just as quickly puts his own two-cents in, saying "But it commits more blunders than it corrects, conventionalizes without insight, and is on the whole decidedly less authentic and original" compared with the first edition. He uses words like "inwoven" and phrases like "the caprice and incalculableness" that definitely age his writing and tells of the incredibly well-studied perspective he is coming from. In just this one introduction he gives so many behind-the-scenes details of the characters, their actions onstage and their public reception, versus reading the play as literature, Shakespeare's written tale and his possible influences.

If you love Shakespeare these three volumes will be enlightening. If you've yet to read one or two of the plays/stories contained, or any of them, you are wise to pick up this well-known and celebrated edition because you approach the tales with enough background knowledge given you that you find yourself able to read Shakespeare in an easier, if not simply a more complete, way.

I'll also note the price reflects the perfect condition of the texts for being over a century old, compared to any of the few books available from this set available anywhere else you could find. The don't have "spines separated" or "dirty edges," and similar descriptions of others, as well as being entirely unmarked.

And here's the straight information you may be looking for:

-Full Title: The Works of Shakespeare volumes I, II and III, the Eversley Edition.
-Books included:
-- Volume I: Love's Labour's Lost, Comedy of Errors, Two Gentleman of Verona, Midsummer Night's Dream.
-- Volume II: The Taming of the Shrew, The Merchant of Venice, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Twelfth Night, As You Like It.
-- Volume III: Much Ado About Nothing, All's Well That Ends Well, Measure for Measure, Troilus and Cressida.
-Author: William Shakespeare, with edits and introductory notes for each story by C. H. Herford
-Format: Hardcover, second printing, first of this binding/edition
-Condition: Nearly mint.
-Publisher: The Macmillan Company NY, London: Macmillan & Co., Ltd.
-Copyright: The Macmillan Company NY, London: Macmillan & Co., Ltd. 1902
-Date published: 1902
-Provenance: Unknown. Or, unremembered. I've had these for a while!
-Pricing: Pricing this work was difficult considering copies of Shakespeare's works abound, but the Eversley edition as I've described above is almost scarce. When I did find it it was in full, not just these three books, and the price was in the many thousands. I priced these books based on the fact of their rarity but also that they are not a full collection, and used the full-set listing as my base.
NOTE: This book has been sold but I keep it up so someone interested can find it (like you!) so that I can know to look for it specifically for them. Of course it won't be the same book but I am good at and love the hunt for books, and can likely find you another copy of that same edition or another beautiful edition of the same book. :) Don't ever hesitate to contact me on sold listings, that's why they are here!

---

There is no other book like this one.

What can I say about Shakespeare? These three books are part of a longer set of volumes but the stories within them are some of Shakespeare's best. What sets this set apart specifically are the notes added by C. H. Herford, noted on the title page as "Litt. D., Hon. Litt. D. (Vict)." and "Professor of the English language and literature in the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth." The man was extremely well-learned and many would say there was likely no better editor for this project at the time. He prefaces the books by saying "The present edition of the Works of Shakespeare form a part of the now well-known Eversley series of the English classics" and that it is designed "rather of rate cultivated but not learned reader than for the professed Shakespearean or the examinee, though neither of these, it is hoped, will turn to it altogether in vain."

He says, for instance, "The bulk of the notes are intended to provide, in the briefest possible form, such information as may serve to smooth the reader's path without insulting his intelligence." So he tries to make his work approachable and less scholarly, but not deny his deep knowledge of the texts and his long history of impressive scholarship--hard to do. As you read his thoughts, though, you find he has figured out how to do it.

In his introduction to A Midsummer Night's Dream he gives the date it was first mentioned (1598), the date it first appeared in print, and then gives details that might not be known to most: there were two editions that were published nearly simultaneously in 1600, and he praises the second for being "in general far superior to the texts known to have been pirated," but then just as quickly puts his own two-cents in, saying "But it commits more blunders than it corrects, conventionalizes without insight, and is on the whole decidedly less authentic and original" compared with the first edition. He uses words like "inwoven" and phrases like "the caprice and incalculableness" that definitely age his writing and tells of the incredibly well-studied perspective he is coming from. In just this one introduction he gives so many behind-the-scenes details of the characters, their actions onstage and their public reception, versus reading the play as literature, Shakespeare's written tale and his possible influences.

If you love Shakespeare these three volumes will be enlightening. If you've yet to read one or two of the plays/stories contained, or any of them, you are wise to pick up this well-known and celebrated edition because you approach the tales with enough background knowledge given you that you find yourself able to read Shakespeare in an easier, if not simply a more complete, way.

I'll also note the price reflects the perfect condition of the texts for being over a century old, compared to any of the few books available from this set available anywhere else you could find. The don't have "spines separated" or "dirty edges," and similar descriptions of others, as well as being entirely unmarked.

And here's the straight information you may be looking for:

-Full Title: The Works of Shakespeare volumes I, II and III, the Eversley Edition.
-Books included:
-- Volume I: Love's Labour's Lost, Comedy of Errors, Two Gentleman of Verona, Midsummer Night's Dream.
-- Volume II: The Taming of the Shrew, The Merchant of Venice, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Twelfth Night, As You Like It.
-- Volume III: Much Ado About Nothing, All's Well That Ends Well, Measure for Measure, Troilus and Cressida.
-Author: William Shakespeare, with edits and introductory notes for each story by C. H. Herford
-Format: Hardcover, second printing, first of this binding/edition
-Condition: Nearly mint.
-Publisher: The Macmillan Company NY, London: Macmillan & Co., Ltd.
-Copyright: The Macmillan Company NY, London: Macmillan & Co., Ltd. 1902
-Date published: 1902
-Provenance: Unknown. Or, unremembered. I've had these for a while!
-Pricing: Pricing this work was difficult considering copies of Shakespeare's works abound, but the Eversley edition as I've described above is almost scarce. When I did find it it was in full, not just these three books, and the price was in the many thousands. I priced these books based on the fact of their rarity but also that they are not a full collection, and used the full-set listing as my base.

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Reviewed by CGFlores85
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Jan 2, 2018
I ordered this as a gift and was very happy with Colleen’s feedback and willingness to help me track down this one of a kind book! It even showed up before Christmas thanks to a speedy delivery despite the short notice. I will definitely be visiting No Other Book Like This again.
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Dec 30, 2017
Great item, great seller, fast shipment!!! The book was perfect, exactly as described. Thanks!
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Reviewed by L.M. Biddulph
5 out of 5 stars
Dec 16, 2017
This book is BEAUTIFUL! I was so excited to receive it yesterday, so I could read it over Christmas. I read the abridged version of Thomas Wingfold, Curate over a decade ago and loved it, so I have been looking forward to this so much. Thank you!!!!!!!! :-D
Vintage book Thomas Wingfold, Curate. by George MacDonald, rare edition 1880, famed "Father" of The Inklings including Tolkien and C S Lewis

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Others sit in my library, in built-in authentic 1800s wooden and glass-door library shelves that line the walls in a secluded room in a historic home on the shore. With vintage, warm lamplights over the tiny marble fireplace, the library's windows catch plenty of sunlight--the books are in good homes and will arrive undamaged.
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I am more than willing to hunt down a specific book for you. This can take time, however, and would be a matter of personal back-and-forth on the site so you would have to keep in contact. There is no guarantee. I'm good at finding things however, and if I cannot find it to sell to you myself I will direct you to where I can find it online, if I can.

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Contact me directly via the site and I will do my absolute best to help correct it. There should be no problems.
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SOLD - Vintage book set Eversley Edition Shakespeare 1902, vols I, II, III, notes by C. H. Herford, part of famous English Classics series

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