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    Sale 2419 | Lot 78
    Price Realized: $7,500With Buyer's Premium
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    • Sale 2419 Lot 78

      SHAKESPEARE, WILLIAM. The Dramatic Works. Revised by George Steevens. 9 volumes. Half-titles and 96 copper engravings after Reynolds, Fuseli, Northcote, Bunbury, Hamilton, Smirke, Stothard, and many others. 419x318mm; 16 1/2x12 1/2 inches. Folio, 19th-century 1/2 gilt-lettered brown morocco over boards, light to moderate rubbing and scuffing; browning and foxing varies throughout the volumes. London: Printed by W. Bulmer for John and Josiah Boydell, George and W. Nicol, 1802

      Estimate $5,000 - 7,500

      the monumental and celebrated set of shakespeare's illustrated plays. Boydell's most famous and ambitious project, for which a printing house, type foundry, and and ink factory were specially built. The work was sold by subscription and the fine images were commissioned by the greatest English artists of the day. "No Printing Press . . . ever produced a work in nine large volumes in folio so uniformly beautiful"--Franklin, Shakespeare Domesticated, page 47.

      Price Realized (with Buyer's Premium) $7,500