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The plays of William Shakespeare : in eight volumes

William Shakespeare, Samuel Johnson (Editor), George Vertue (Engraver), Charles Corbet (Bookseller), H. Woodfall (Bookseller), J. Rivington (Bookseller), Richard Baldwin (Bookseller), W. Johnston (Bookseller), Thomas Caslon (Bookseller), Thomas Lowndes (Bookseller), J. and R. Tonson (Bookseller), Hawes, Clarke and Collins (Bookseller), Executors of B. Dodd (London, England) (Bookseller)
Print Book, English, MDCCLXV [1765]
Printed for J. and R. Tonson, C. Corbet, H. Woodfall, J. Rivington, R. Baldwin, L. Hawes, Clark and Collins, W. Johnston, T. Caslon. T. Lownds, and the executors of B. Dodd, London, MDCCLXV [1765]
English drama
8 v. : port. ; 21 cm (8vo)
v. 1: Preface
Mr. Pope's preface
Mr. Theobald's preface
Sir T. Hanmer's preface
Dr. Warburton's preface
Some account of the life, &c. of Mr. William Shakespear / written by Mr. Rowe
Midsummer night's dream
Two gentlemen of Verona
Measure for measure
Merchant of Venice; v. 2: As you like it
Love's labour's lost
Winter's tale
Twelfth night
Merry wives of Windsor; v. 3: Taming of the shrew
Comedy of errors
Much ado about nothing
All's well, that ends well
King John; v. 4: King Richard II
King Henry IV, part 1
King Henry IV, part 2
King Henry V
King Henry VI, part 1; v. 5: King Henry VI, part 2
King Henry VI, part 3
King Richard III
King Henry VIII; v. 6: King Lear
Timon of Athens
Titus Andronicus
Coriolanus; v. 7 : Julius Caesar
Antony and Cleopatra
Troilus and Cressida; v. 8: Romeo and Juliet
Appendix (by volume)
The first of two 1765 editions; in this edition Corbet is listed as the second bookseller, Johnson's preface is unpaginated, and other prefatory matter is paginated [i]-ciii
Frontispiece portrait of Shakespeare engraved by G. Vertue
Vol. 1: [4], ciii, [75], 488 p., [1] leaf of plates (pi² a-f⁸ g⁴ (A)-(D)⁸ (E)⁴ ((E)4+1) B-X⁸ (±X4,6) Y-2H⁸ 2I⁴); v. 2: [2], 557, [1] p. (pi1 [=2N8?] B-2M⁸ 2N⁸ ( -2N8)); v. 3: [2], 504 p. (pi1 B-2C⁸ (±2C2) 2D-2I⁸ 2K⁴); v. 4: [2], 589, [1] p. (pi1 [=2P8?] B-F⁸ (±F3) G-2A⁸ (±2A7) 2B⁸ (±2B4) 2C-2O⁸ 2P⁸ ( -2P8)); v. 5: [2], 493, [1] p. (pi1 [=2I8?] B-2H⁸ (±2H8) 2I⁸ ( -2I8)); v. 6: [2], 627, [1] p. (pi1 B-R⁸ (±R4) S⁸ (±S1,8) T-2R⁸ 2S²); v. 7: [2], 547, [1] p. (pi1 B-2M⁸ 2N²); v. 8: [2], 473, [55] p. (pi1 B-I⁸ K⁸ (±K7) L-M⁸ (±M1) N⁸ (±N7) O-P⁸ Q⁸ (±Q6) R-X⁸ Y⁸ (±Y5) Z-2L⁸)
Some errors in pagination: v. 1: 394 as 594, 252 unnumbered; v. 2: 137, 269, 445, 476 as 13, 266, 454, 476, and 347 unnumbered, the 5 in 475 is turned; v. 6: 446 as 46; v. 7: 501 is unnumbered