Boston: Little, Brown, and Company, (1912). The Book Lover's Limited Edition. Hardcover. WITH ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT LETTER BY GRANT WHITE. 1/1000. Complete in 18 volumes. Original full brown linen with red and black lettered paper labels to spines. Top edge gilt. Deckled fore and bottom edges. Manuscript letter by Grant White mounted on leaf opposite half-title page in vol. I. (see content below). Complete Book Lover's Limited Edition with the works of William Shakespeare. Each volume contains frontispiece and is illustrated with engravings in photogravure by William Ward, T. Deinninger, C. W. Sharpe (and many others) after paintings by J. Hoppner, H. Hofmann, Thos. Stothard, C. Green, Holman Hunt, A. W. Callcott, Edward Grützner, Margaret Löwe, J. Haytley, and others. Includes facsimile title-pages of the original first editions. Publisher's card with title and volume number tipped-in at rear, as issued.
Manuscript letter: "New York Feb. 2, 18(?)9. Dear Sir. I hope that you will ? this as all sufficient for your purpose from a man who, I fear, has very few "sentiments" in his ?, and who has a great deal of work on his hands. I am, Sir Very respectfully Your Obedient Servant. Rich. Grant White. Luther C. Riggs ?." (Richard Grant White was one of the foremost literary critics of his time as well as a prominent Shakespearen scholar).
Some sunning and staining on bindings. Minor splits along joints on few volumes. Slight shelf wear. Bindings in overall very good, interior in near fine condition. Complete as issued. ASIN: B0044K0SA4. vg. Item #30835
Vol. I) The Tempest. The Two Gentlemen of Verona. The Merry Wives of Windsor. xvii, 334pp.
Vol. II) Measure for Measure. The Comedy of Errors. Much Ado About Nothing. 345pp.
Vol. III) Love's Labour's Lost. A Midsummer Night's Dream. The Merchant of Venice. 391pp.
Vol. IV) As You Like It. The Taming of the Shrew. All's Well That Ends Well. 401pp.
Vol. V) Twelfth Night. The Winter's Tale. King John. viii, 431pp.
Vol. VI) Richard II. Henry IV., Part First. viii, 341pp.
Vol. VII) Henry IV., Part Second. Henry V. viii, 334pp.
Vol. VIII) The Authorship of Henry VI. Henry VI., Part First. Henry VI., Part Second. lxxv, 295pp.
Vol. IX) Henry VI., Part Third. Richard III.
Vol. X) Henry VIII. Troilus and Cressida. 342pp.
Vol. XI) Coriolanus. Titus Andronicus. 317pp.
Vol. XII) Romeo and Juliet. Timon of Athens. viii, 303pp.
Vol. XIII) Julius Caesar. Macbeth. 228pp.
Vol. XIV) Hamlet. King Lear. viii, 384pp.
Vol. XV) Othello. Antony and Cleopatra. viii, 343pp.
Vol. XVI) Cymbeline. Pericles. 319pp.
Vol. XVII) Poems and Sonnets. 302pp.
Vol. XVIII) Memoirs. Essay on Shakespeare's Genius. The Text of Shakespeare. xxxvii, 303pp.