London; 1869 and 1871: Bell and Daudy. Octavo. Item #029040
A new edition. Two volumes bound in one. 268 pages. Originally published in 1817, clearly, they were then combined to deal with the great literature in the Age of Elizabeth (but as he notes in his introduction, he surveys in the first chapter the English plays and poems from the beginning of the Reformation to the death of Charles I. In the Characters of Shakespeare's Plays, he begins with the four great tragedies with profound observations on each play. Page. 234-243 he gives his assessment on the "doubtful plays" often attributed to Shakespeare. A very useful volume bound in 3/4 black morocco over marbled paper covered boardswith matching endpapers and all edges marbled, raised band, compartments fully gilt decorated, red morocco spine label gilt, previous owner's gift bookplate written in Latin. A very good copy.