London: Printed for, and under the Direction of, John Bell, 1788. Frist Bell Edition. Small 8vo. Copper-plate engravings, with tissue guards. Contemporary tree calf boards; rebound with new gilt decorated leather spines, red and black labels, gilt dentelles; marbled page edges. Item #17142
This is the 1st edition of John Bell's collected plays of Shakespeare. The first 2 volumes are 'Prolegomena' containing prefaces to all the previous editions of Shakespeare's plays. The remaining 18 volumes contain 2 plays per volume; each of the volumes has a half title; title page to the collection dated 1788; and title page to the play (dated 1785 or 1786 - this being the year that Bell published the individual play).