Oxford: Imprimatur. Gualt Hodges, Vice-Can. Oxon, 1744-1743. Illustrated with copper engraved frontispiece portrait of Shakespeare, two plates of the Westminster and Stratford monuments, 36 copper engraved plates (one for each play) and many decorative tailpieces by Hubert Gravelot after Francis Hayman. Gravelot actually created five of the plates due to time constraints.
First edition thus. Six volumes, complete. From the library of U.S. District Court Judge Edward J. Schwartz, 1912-2000.
Large quarto, skillfully rebacked to style in mid-1900s, contemporary speckled boards, all edges stained red. Some rubbing of edges of some boards, very light scattered foxing, overall very nice. Armorial bookplate in each volume.