London: Printed for the Author, and sold by him at his warehouse, Leicester Place, Leicester Square, 1800. First Edition. Hardcover. Octavo (8vo). Very good condition. Item #012937
Five volume set, complete. Published between 1797-1800. Vol. I: [iv], iv, vi, ii, 386 pages. Vol. II: 400 pages. Vol. III: 392 pages. Vol. IV: 458 pages. Vol. V: 487 pages, [i], viii pages of index. Original full mottled calf bindings with moderate to heavy rubbing to the extremities. A few corners lightly bumped. Hinges remain strong, and spines are attractive, with black leather labels and circular red volume numbers. About half of the head- or tail-bands are exposed from rubbing. Minor foxing to first and final few pages of text, and scattered lightly here and there. Previous owner's engraved bookplate on the inside front cover of each volume: Sir Hew Dalrymple Hamilton of North Berwick + Bargany. Title continues: Introduced by a comparative and comprehensive review of the Asiatic, the Grecian, the Roman, the Spanish, the Italian, the Portugese, the German, the French, and Other Theatres, and involving Biographical Tracts and Anecdotes. From the collection of Louis Marder, Shakespeare historian and collector of books by, on or referring to William Shakespeare.