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Shakespeare, William, 1564–1616

The complete works of William Shakespeare : the text and order of the first folio with quarto variants & a choice of modern readings noted marginally : to which are added Pericles and the first quartos of six of the plays with three plays of doubtful authorship : also the poems according to the original quartos and octavos : the Nonesuch text established MCMXXIX by Herbert Farjeon, with a new introduction by Ivor Brown.

Additional Title(s):

New Nonesuch Shakespeare

Works. 1929

London : The Nonesuch Press, 66 Chandos Place ; New York, Random House Inc., MCMLIII [1953]
Physical Description:
4 volumes : illustrations ; 23 cm
Rare Books and Manuscripts
PR2754 .F37 1953
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
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Half title: The new Nonesuch Shakespeare.
Each volume has also special title page.
"This newly designed edition in four volumes of the text of the Nonesuch Shakespeare has been printed and bound by William Clowes and Sons at Beccles on India Paper made for it by Robert Fletcher and Son and on Japon Vellum made for it by C. Townsend Hook and Company. The text type is Goudy Modern with Garamond for the marginal notes. The open letters of the title-pages and the half-title headpieces and the dedication are from wood engravings by Reynolds Stone. The version of the first folio portrait is by Leonard Beaumont. Like its forerunner this ediion has been designed by Francis Meynell."--Colophon.
Dreyfus, J. History of the Nonesuch Press, 176
BAC: British Art Center copy bound in publisher's original brown quarter buckram and marbled buckram.
Subject Terms:
Private press books -- England -- London -- Specimens.
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616.
Private press books (Publishing) -- England -- London.
Wood engravings -- 1953.
Farjeon, Herbert, 1887-1945, editor.
Brown, Ivor J. (Ivor John), writer of introduction.
Nonesuch Press, publisher.
William Clowes and Sons, printer.
Stone, Reynolds, engraver.
Meynell, Francis, 1891-1975, book designer.

  • v. 1. Comedies, with the prefatory matter from the first folio, the note on the text by H. Farjeon
  • v. 2. Histories, and Troylus and Cressida, according to its placing in the first folio
  • v. 3. Tragedies, and Pericles, with three plays of doubtful authorship, namely: Two noble kinsmen, Edward III, Sir Thomas Moore
  • v. 4. Poems: Venus and Adonis, The rape of Lucrece, The sonnets. A lovers complaint, The passionate pilgrime, Sonnets to sundry notes of musicke, The phoenix and turtle.

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