Author: William Shakespeare
Publisher: London, T. Bensley for Wynne & Scholey and J. Wallis, 1804
Single play extracted from the Wynne & Scholey/Wallis edition of the Complete Works in 10 volumes published between 1803–1805.
Extra-illustrated with 24 engravings/etchings, variously by Joseph Smith (after Fuseli), Van der Gucht, Marray (after Cruikshank), Walker (2), Heath, Gardiner (5), Cook, Du Guernier, Ridley, Hawkins, Bartolozzi, Grignion (2), Schiavonetti, Hall, one after Stoddart, and three unsigned
Early nineteenth-century diced russia decorated in gilt and blind, rebacked, corners a little worn; engraved armorial bookplate of Frederick Arthur Hawker (pasted over an earlier plate, ‘George …’). pp. , iv, 152. Some offsetting and light spotting.
Seemingly a copy on large paper. ‘The regular paper issue measures approximately 21 cm’ (Folger catalogue). This copy 231 x 149mm.
George Steevens’ edition was much reprinted. Steevens (1736–1800) himself was ‘notorious for having “illustrated a copy of his own edition of Shakespeare, published in 1793, with 1,500 portraits of all the persons mentioned in the notes and text of which he could make drawings, or procure engravings”’ (Lucy Peltz, Facing the Text: extra-illustration, print culture, and society in Britain 1769–1840, Huntington Library, 2017, p. 213). This copy is now at the John Rylands Library in Manchester.