Removed from a bound volume, with a marvelous full page engraving of the ship wreck, by Van Der Gucht. Some moderate staining, but a very good copy. See Jaggard page This is extracted from the collected works edited by Nicholas Rowe, issued in 6 volumes in Rowe published the first 18th century edition of Shakespeare in six volumes in printed by Tonson and is also considered the first editor of Shakespeare.
His practical knowledge of the stage helped him divide the plays into scenes and sometime acts , with the entrances and exits of the players noted.
He also normalized the spelling of names and prefixed each play with a list of the dramatis personae. This edition was also the first to be illustrated, a frontispiece engraving being provided for each play. It is the first of many illustrated editions.
Some Account of the Life of Mr. William Shakespear (1709) by Nicholas Rowe
It is the first to abandon the clumsy folio format and to attempt to bring the plays within reach of the understanding and the pocketbooks of the average reader. Finally, it is the first to include an extended life and critique of the author. We are delighted to publish this classic book as part of our extensive Classic Library collection. Many of the books in our collection have been out of print for decades, and therefore have not been accessible to the general public.
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