William Shakspere [Shakespeare], edited by Charles Knight, The Pictorial Edition of the Works of Shakspere. Edited by Charles Knight. (London: The Charles Knight Company, 1839 - 1842). Complete in 8 Large Paper Royal 8vo volumes (9 5/8" x 6 3/4"), Vol. 1, Intro, Histories, 390 pp.; Vol. 2, Histories, 398 pp.; Vol. 3, Comedies, 456 pp.; Vol. 4, Comedies, 453p. ; Vol. 5, Tragedies, 471 pp.; Vol. 6, Tragedies and Poems, 360 + 157 + Postscript XVII.; Vol.. 7, Doubtful Plays & General Index, 495 pp. Vol. 8, Biography, 348 pp. Bound in early, probably original 3/4 deep red calf, marbled oyster shell boards, matching endpapers, all edges marbled. Five raised bands, dual spine titles gilt, compartments heavy gilt, boards ruled in blind. Illustrated throughout with profuse engravings commissioned by Knight, and with Knight's publication comments as preface or postscript as the sequential volumes were released over a period of four years, 1839 to 1842. Jaggard 522. FIRST EDITION.

This is a fine First Edition set of perhaps the most important new edition of Shakespeare to appear in the early 19th century, under the editorship and published by the firm of Charles Knight, with Knight's famed and often republished biographical and literary notes. The Knight "Shakspere" was reprinted often, and often pirated both in England and America.
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