First Illustrated & First Octavo Edition of the Seventh Volume, "Poems"
SHAKESPEARE, William. Works of Mr. William Shakespear. Volume the Seventh. Containing Venus & Adonis. Tarquin& Lucrece and His Miscellany Poems. With Critical Remarks on his Plays, &C. to which is Prefix'd an ESSAY on the Art, Rise and Progress of the STAGE in Greece, Rome and England. London: Printed for E. Curll , 1710.
First illustrated edition, first octavo edition of the seventh volume, which was published a year after volume I-VI were published by Tonson. The first six volumes are often found lacking this seventh volume. This seventh volume was not issued with the set and therefore not published by Tonson. Octavo (7 3/8 x 4 5/8 inches; 187 x 118 mm). [16], lxxii, 45, [7], 51-472, [4, table], [2, publisher's ads] pp. With the engraved plate, often missing, before Venus and Adonis (here bound in facing the general title). Both Venus and Adonis and Tarquin and Lucrece have separate title-pages, dated 1709.

Bound in contemporary speckled, paneled calf. Rebacked to style. Spine with red morocco spine label, lettered in gilt and reading "Shakespear Poems". Spine stamped and dated in gilt. Boards with blind floral corner devices. Board edges stamped in gilt. Top edge dye brown, other edges speckled red. A bit of light toning throughout. The plate with two pinhole-sized wormholes in margin and a small amount of repaired worming that just barely touches the plate image. This repair and worming continues through to page xxi (of "An Essay on the Art, Rise and Progress of the Stage" and before the text), on outer margin, not affecting text. Overall a very nice copy.

In addition to being the first illustrated edition of Shakespeare’s collected works, this set marks the first octavo edition, the first to contain a biography of Shakespeare, and the first edition to bear an editor’s name. The seventh volume, produced by Edward Curll, contains poems.

Ebisch and Schücking, p. 53. Ford, pp. 9-10. Jaggard, p. 497. Shaksperiana, Part III, 6.

HBS # 68197 $5,000