The Dramatic Works of William Shakspere. With an Original Memoir. The Text Enriched by Many Valuable Notes, and a Copious Glossary. Also, an Inquiry into the Authenticity of the Shakspere Portraits.

London: George Virtue. N.d. (c. 1846). Binding: Half green calf over textured cloth boards. Spine with 5 raised bands decorated in gilt, title lettered in gilt on black morocco label in 2nd compartment, volume number lettered in gilt on red morocco label in 4th. Marbled pasted and free endpapers. All edges marbled., Notes: Abraham Wivell (1786 – 1849) was a British portrait painter, writer and pioneer of fire protection, credited with inventing the first effective fire escape system. After visiting Stratford-upon-Avon to make a study of the tomb sculpture of Shakespeare, Wivell decided to create an illustrated study of all of his known portraits. In 1827 Wivell published the work under the title An inquiry into the history, authenticity, & characteristics of the Shakspere [sic] portraits. As well as a collection of prints, the book presented a detailed examination of purported Shakespeare portraits. The book also replied the arguments of an earlier work by James Boaden. Unfortunately, Wivell lost a great deal on money on the venture, as the cost of printing such a richly illustrated work far exceeded the sales., Size: large 8vo. (250 x 170 mm), Illustration: Complete with 49 steel engravings as matches index, including frontis-portrait of Shakespeare and engraved title pages. Many engravings reproduced from those featured in Boydell’s Shakespeare Gallery. , Volume: 3 volumes, Pages: [Vol I] Blank (3). Frontispiece. Engraved title. Blank. Title. Blank. Contents (1). Plate index (1). Blank. Plate. Preface and memoir (v-xlii). Blank. Plate. Title to Inquiry. Blank. Dedication. Blank. Inquiry (5-46). Index. Blank. Plate. Pp. 1-256. Blank (2). [Vol II] Blank (2). Pp. 257-642. Blank (2). [Vol III] Blank (2). Pp. 643-1107. Blank (3). , Category: Book Literature;. Near fine example. Item #B7062

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