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SHAKESPEARE, William. Hamlet, prince of denmark: a tragedy...

London. Printed for H. Woodfall et al., 1767.
72pp. ESTC T164909. With an engraved frontispiece.

[Bound after:] [VOLTAIRE]. HILL, Aaron [trans.] The tragedy of zara... London. Printed for T. Lowndes, 1775. 66pp, [6]. With an engraved frontispiece and two final leaves of publisher's advertisements. ESTC T210963.

[Bound before:] [SHAKESPEARE, William]. [TATE, Nahum]. The history of king lear, a tragedy... London. Printed for F. and J. Noble et al., 1771. vi, [3], 10-71pp, [1]. With an engraved frontispiece. ESTC N7364.

[And:] STEELE, Richard, Sir. The Conscious Lovers. A comedy. London. Printed for H. Lintot et al., 1747. 83pp, [1]. With an engraved frontispiece. Title in red and black. ESTC T31225.

[And:] JONSON, Ben. Every man in his humour. A comedy...With alterations and additions By d. garrick... London. Printed for T. Caslon et al., 1769. 72pp. With an engraved frontispiece. ESTC T128961.

[And:] HOADLY, Dr. [Benjamin]. The Suspicious Husband. A comedy... London. Printed for T. Caslon et al., 1770. [12], 70pp, [2]. Title in red and black. With an engraved frontispiece. ESTC N24542.

12mo. Contemporary gilt-ruled calf-backed marbled boards, contrasting red morocco lettering-pieces. Extremities rubbed. Very occasional spotting, small hole to title of first mentioned work, small hole to text of leaf B8 of final mentioned work with slight loss of sense.
A coherent sammelband of scarce Georgian printings of popular dramatic works, including one of Shakespeare's most revered tragedies, Hamlet; Nahum Tate's (c. 1652-1715) adaptation of the Bard's King Lear which survived as the standard stage version of the play until well into the nineteenth-century; and physician and dramatist Benjamin Hoadley's (1706-1757) successful comedy The Suspicious Husband, first acted at Covent Garden on 12th February 1747 and often repeated, and of which there were at least twenty-four different printings and editions between 1747 and 1829.

ESTC records copies of the first mentioned work at three locations in the British Isles (Birmingham, Cambridge, and Oxford), and a further two in North America (Folger and Illinois).
£ 450.00 Antiquates Ref: 25244