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===by William Shakespeare===
 
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}}[[File:ShakespearePlays1778v1Frontispiece.jpg|left|thumb|250px|<center>Frontispiece, volume one.</center>]][http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_shakespeare William Shakespeare] (1564-1616) is widely considered the foremost writer in the English language.<ref>Peter Holland, [http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/25200 “Shakespeare, William (1564–1616)], ''Oxford Dictionary of National Biography'' (Oxford University Press, 2004), accessed October 7, 2013. Unless otherwise noted, all biographical details are from this source.</ref> Shakespeare was an actor who begun to write plays sometime between 1585 and 1592. He began his career as a playwright with English histories, such as ''Henry VI'', comedies, like ''The Taming of the Shrew'', and tragedies, such as ''Titus Andronicus''.<ref> S. Schoenbaum, “William Shakespeare, Gentleman,''The Wilson Quarterly'', 3, No. 1 (1979), p. 184.</ref> His first published work was the poem ''Venus and Adonis'' (1593).<br/>
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}}[[wikipedia:William Shakespeare|William Shakespeare]] (1564 &ndash; 1616) is widely considered the foremost writer in the English language.<ref>Peter Holland, [http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/25200 "Shakespeare, William (1564–1616)"], ''Oxford Dictionary of National Biography'' (Oxford University Press, 2004), accessed October 7, 2013.</ref> Shakespeare was an actor who begun to write plays sometime between 1585 and 1592. He began his career as a playwright with English histories, such as ''Henry VI'', comedies, like ''The Taming of the Shrew'', and tragedies, such as ''Titus Andronicus''.<ref>S. Schoenbaum, "William Shakespeare, Gentleman," ''The Wilson Quarterly'', 3, no. 1 (1979), p. 184.</ref> His first published work was the poem ''Venus and Adonis'' (1593).
"The dating of Shakespeare's works is often opaque and the early plays pose especial problems."<ref>Holland, “Shakespeare, William."</ref> Shakespeare began publishing plays in 1594 although he began writing them somewhat earlier. In the mid-1590s, he wrote ''Love’s Labour’s Lost'', ''Richard II'', ''Romeo and Juliet'', and ''A Midsummer Night’s Dream''. He continued to write prolifically during the late 1590s and early 1600s. In 1606 Shakespeare wrote ''King Lear'' and ''Macbeth'', which were both influenced by contemporary politics. By 1609, about half of Shakespeare’s plays had been printed. Shakespeare continued to write plays until 1613; he died in 1616.<br/>
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[[File:ShakespearePlays1778v1Frontispiece.jpg|left|thumb|250px|<center>Frontispiece, volume one.</center>]]
Shakespeare is known for his exploration of human nature, as Samuel Johnson states in his famous [http://shakespeare.palomar.edu/Editors/JohnsonPreface.htm “Preface to the Works of Shakespeare”], "His persons act and speak by the influence of those general passions and principles by which all minds are agitated, and the whole system of life is continued in motion. . . .Shakespeare has no heroes; his scenes are occupied only by men, who act and speak as the reader things that he himself should have spoken and acted on the same occasion."<ref>Samuel Johnson, “Preface,''The Plays of William Shakespeare'', accessed through Shakespeare’s Editors (Palomar 2009), vii and xii.</ref><br />
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"The dating of Shakespeare's works is often opaque and the early plays pose especial problems."<ref>Holland, "Shakespeare, William."</ref> Shakespeare began publishing plays in 1594 although he began writing them somewhat earlier. In the mid-1590s, he wrote ''Love's Labour's Lost'', ''Richard II'', ''Romeo and Juliet'', and ''A Midsummer Night's Dream''. He continued to write prolifically during the late 1590s and early 1600s. In 1606 Shakespeare wrote ''King Lear'' and ''Macbeth'', which were both influenced by contemporary politics. By 1609, about half of Shakespeare’s plays had been printed. Shakespeare continued to write plays until 1613; he died in 1616.
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The first folio of Shakespeare’s work was published in 1623, and was expanded and revised countless times in the next century. Editions of the collected works of Shakespeare accumulated notes of different editors and biographical details that cumulate with ''The Plays of William Shakespeare: In Ten Volumes''. This folio edition only includes Shakespeare’s plays.
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Shakespeare is known for his exploration of human nature, as Samuel Johnson states in his famous [http://shakespeare.palomar.edu/Editors/JohnsonPreface.htm "Preface to the Works of Shakespeare"], "His persons act and speak by the influence of those general passions and principles by which all minds are agitated, and the whole system of life is continued in motion. . . .Shakespeare has no heroes; his scenes are occupied only by men, who act and speak as the reader things that he himself should have spoken and acted on the same occasion."<ref>Samuel Johnson, "Preface," ''The Plays of William Shakespeare'', accessed through Shakespeare’s Editors (Palomar 2009), vii and xii.</ref>
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The first folio of Shakespeare's work was published in 1623, and was expanded and revised countless times in the next century. Editions of the collected works of Shakespeare accumulated notes of different editors and biographical details that cumulate with ''The Plays of William Shakespeare: In Ten Volumes''. This folio edition only includes Shakespeare’s plays.
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==Evidence for Inclusion in Wythe's Library==
 
[[File:ShakespearePlaysOfWilliamShakespeare1778v5Illustration.jpg|left|thumb|250px|<center>Illustration of Morris dancers, volume five.</center>]]
 
[[File:ShakespearePlaysOfWilliamShakespeare1778v5Illustration.jpg|left|thumb|250px|<center>Illustration of Morris dancers, volume five.</center>]]
==Evidence for Inclusion in Wythe's Library==
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Listed in the [[Jefferson Inventory]] of [[Wythe's Library]] as "Shakespear by Johnson & Steevens with the Supplement 12.v." This was one of the titles kept by [[Thomas Jefferson]]. Jefferson sold a set of ''The Plays of William Shakespeare'' to the Library of Congress in 1815, but the volumes no longer exist to verify Wythe's prior ownership. Both [http://www.librarything.com/profile/GeorgeWythe George Wythe's Library]<ref>''LibraryThing'', s. v. [http://www.librarything.com/profile/GeorgeWythe "Member: George Wythe"], accessed on February 24, 2014.</ref> on LibraryThing and the [https://digitalarchive.wm.edu/handle/10288/13433 Brown Bibliography]<ref> Bennie Brown, "The Library of George Wythe of Williamsburg and Richmond," (unpublished manuscript, May, 2012) Microsoft Word file. Earlier edition available at: https://digitalarchive.wm.edu/handle/10288/13433</ref> include the second edition (1778-1780) based on Millicent Sowerby's use of that edition in ''Catalogue of the Library of Thomas Jefferson''.<ref>E. Millicent Sowerby, ''Catalogue of the Library of Thomas Jefferson'', (Washington, D.C.: The Library of Congress, 1952-1959), 4:536 [[http://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=mdp.39015033648125;view=1up;seq=556 no.4539]].</ref> The Wolf Law Library followed Sowerby's recommendation and purchased a copy of the second edition for the [[George Wythe Collection]].
Listed in the [[Jefferson Inventory]] of [[Wythe's Library]] as "Shakespear by Johnson & Steevens with the Supplement 12.v." This was one of the titles kept by [[Thomas Jefferson]]. Jefferson sold a set of ''The Plays of William Shakespeare'' to the Library of Congress in 1815, but the volumes no longer exist to verify Wythe's prior ownership. Both [http://www.librarything.com/profile/GeorgeWythe George Wythe's Library]<ref>''LibraryThing'', s. v. [http://www.librarything.com/profile/GeorgeWythe "Member: George Wythe"], accessed on February 24, 2014.</ref> on LibraryThing and the [https://digitalarchive.wm.edu/handle/10288/13433 Brown Bibliography]<ref> Bennie Brown, "The Library of George Wythe of Williamsburg and Richmond," (unpublished manuscript, May, 2012) Microsoft Word file. Earlier edition available at: https://digitalarchive.wm.edu/handle/10288/13433</ref> include the second edition (1778-1780) based on Millicent Sowerby's use of that edition in ''Catalogue of the Library of Thomas Jefferson''.<ref>E. Millicent Sowerby, ''Catalogue of the Library of Thomas Jefferson'', 2nd ed. (Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1983), 4:536 [no.4539].</ref> The Wolf Law Library followed Sowerby's recommendation and purchased a copy of the second edition for the [[George Wythe Collection]].
 
  
 
==Description of the Wolf Law Library's copy==
 
==Description of the Wolf Law Library's copy==
 
All volumes uniformly bound in tree calf leather with ornate gilt border to upper and lower boards and gilt turn ins. Three contemporary gilt bordered black leather labels to spines with marbled endpapers. Set includes two volume [https://catalog.swem.wm.edu/law/Record/3470455 ''Supplement''] edited by Samuel Johnson and George Steevens (London: C. Bathurst [etc.], 1780). Purchased from Weybridge Books.
 
All volumes uniformly bound in tree calf leather with ornate gilt border to upper and lower boards and gilt turn ins. Three contemporary gilt bordered black leather labels to spines with marbled endpapers. Set includes two volume [https://catalog.swem.wm.edu/law/Record/3470455 ''Supplement''] edited by Samuel Johnson and George Steevens (London: C. Bathurst [etc.], 1780). Purchased from Weybridge Books.
  
View the record for this book in [https://catalog.swem.wm.edu/law/Record/3466234 William & Mary's online catalog.]
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Images of the library's copy of this book are [https://www.flickr.com/photos/wolflawlibrary/sets/72157658116089134 available on Flickr.] View the record for this book in [http://wm-primo.hosted.exlibrisgroup.com/01COWM_WM:EVERYTHING:01COWM_WM_ALMA21568589970003196 William & Mary's online catalog.]
 
[[File:ShakespearePlays1798Supp1Illustration.jpg|right|thumb|350px|<center>Illustration from ''Supplement to the Plays of William Shakespeare'', volume one.</center>]]
 
[[File:ShakespearePlays1798Supp1Illustration.jpg|right|thumb|350px|<center>Illustration from ''Supplement to the Plays of William Shakespeare'', volume one.</center>]]
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*Read volume five of this book in [http://books.google.com/books?id=5R8JAAAAQAAJ&pg=PA53&dq=The+Plays+Of+William+Shakespeare+1778&hl=en&sa=X&ei=5FDlUYX9Bbbi4APMqYDwDQ&ved=0CDsQ6AEwAQ#v=onepage&q=The%20Plays%20Of%20William%20Shakespeare%201778&f=false Google Books].
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Latest revision as of 14:10, 7 June 2018

by William Shakespeare

The Plays of William Shakespeare
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Title page from The Plays of William Shakespeare, volume three, George Wythe Collection, Wolf Law Library, College of William & Mary.

Author William Shakespeare
Editor Samuel Johnson and George Steevens
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Published London: Printed for C. Bathurst et al.
Date 1778
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William Shakespeare (1564 – 1616) is widely considered the foremost writer in the English language.[1] Shakespeare was an actor who begun to write plays sometime between 1585 and 1592. He began his career as a playwright with English histories, such as Henry VI, comedies, like The Taming of the Shrew, and tragedies, such as Titus Andronicus.[2] His first published work was the poem Venus and Adonis (1593).

Frontispiece, volume one.

"The dating of Shakespeare's works is often opaque and the early plays pose especial problems."[3] Shakespeare began publishing plays in 1594 although he began writing them somewhat earlier. In the mid-1590s, he wrote Love's Labour's Lost, Richard II, Romeo and Juliet, and A Midsummer Night's Dream. He continued to write prolifically during the late 1590s and early 1600s. In 1606 Shakespeare wrote King Lear and Macbeth, which were both influenced by contemporary politics. By 1609, about half of Shakespeare’s plays had been printed. Shakespeare continued to write plays until 1613; he died in 1616.

Shakespeare is known for his exploration of human nature, as Samuel Johnson states in his famous "Preface to the Works of Shakespeare", "His persons act and speak by the influence of those general passions and principles by which all minds are agitated, and the whole system of life is continued in motion. . . .Shakespeare has no heroes; his scenes are occupied only by men, who act and speak as the reader things that he himself should have spoken and acted on the same occasion."[4]

The first folio of Shakespeare's work was published in 1623, and was expanded and revised countless times in the next century. Editions of the collected works of Shakespeare accumulated notes of different editors and biographical details that cumulate with The Plays of William Shakespeare: In Ten Volumes. This folio edition only includes Shakespeare’s plays.

Evidence for Inclusion in Wythe's Library

Illustration of Morris dancers, volume five.

Listed in the Jefferson Inventory of Wythe's Library as "Shakespear by Johnson & Steevens with the Supplement 12.v." This was one of the titles kept by Thomas Jefferson. Jefferson sold a set of The Plays of William Shakespeare to the Library of Congress in 1815, but the volumes no longer exist to verify Wythe's prior ownership. Both George Wythe's Library[5] on LibraryThing and the Brown Bibliography[6] include the second edition (1778-1780) based on Millicent Sowerby's use of that edition in Catalogue of the Library of Thomas Jefferson.[7] The Wolf Law Library followed Sowerby's recommendation and purchased a copy of the second edition for the George Wythe Collection.

Description of the Wolf Law Library's copy

All volumes uniformly bound in tree calf leather with ornate gilt border to upper and lower boards and gilt turn ins. Three contemporary gilt bordered black leather labels to spines with marbled endpapers. Set includes two volume Supplement edited by Samuel Johnson and George Steevens (London: C. Bathurst [etc.], 1780). Purchased from Weybridge Books.

Images of the library's copy of this book are available on Flickr. View the record for this book in William & Mary's online catalog.

Illustration from Supplement to the Plays of William Shakespeare, volume one.

See also

References

  1. Peter Holland, "Shakespeare, William (1564–1616)", Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford University Press, 2004), accessed October 7, 2013.
  2. S. Schoenbaum, "William Shakespeare, Gentleman," The Wilson Quarterly, 3, no. 1 (1979), p. 184.
  3. Holland, "Shakespeare, William."
  4. Samuel Johnson, "Preface," The Plays of William Shakespeare, accessed through Shakespeare’s Editors (Palomar 2009), vii and xii.
  5. LibraryThing, s. v. "Member: George Wythe", accessed on February 24, 2014.
  6. Bennie Brown, "The Library of George Wythe of Williamsburg and Richmond," (unpublished manuscript, May, 2012) Microsoft Word file. Earlier edition available at: https://digitalarchive.wm.edu/handle/10288/13433
  7. E. Millicent Sowerby, Catalogue of the Library of Thomas Jefferson, (Washington, D.C.: The Library of Congress, 1952-1959), 4:536 [no.4539].

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