London: Shakespeare Press, 1817.
First edition. Three volumes. Royal 8vo, 250 cm. (vi), vi, (ii, corrections and additions), ccxxvi, 410p, (ii); (iv), 536p, (ii); (iv), 544p, (ii, additional erratum). Copiously illustrated with wood and copper engravings including 35 full-page plates. Bound by the Monastery Hill Bindery in full brown morocco with marbled endpapers, t.e.g., the spine with gilt titles and triple-ruled panels, the raised bands extending onto the covers and terminating in fleurons in blind. Fine. Item #22516
Beautifully printed by William Bulmer at his celebrated Shakespeare Press. "[Bulmer] spared no pains to render the typography of his press the most correct and beautiful England had hitherto known." (Talbot Baines Reed. A History of the Old English Letter Founderies).
A beautifully printed, beautifully illustrated, handsomely bound wide-margained copy. A true collector's copy.
Windle and Pippin A28.
With the bookplate of Julie Parker Whitman, collector and Pierpont Morgan Library benefactor.