SHAKESPEARE. The Works of William Shakespeare. London: Bickers and Son, 1881.
8vo, 4 vols. Full polished black calf, rich gilt spine, constrasting leather spine labels, marbled endpapers; occasional light foxing internally, still an attractive set.
Edited and revised by Charles and Mary Cowden Clarke, with additional preface, chronological table of Shakespeare's life, his Will, the dedication affixed to the First Folio and a verbal/sentential glossary (indexed).
At school, Clarke was a contemporary of the poet John Keats, and later became acquainted with other writers of the period such as Shelley, Coleridge and Dickens. He became a music publisher in partnership with Alfred Novello, and in in 1828 married Novello's sister, Mary Victoria. His wife was to become known for her Concordance to Shakespeare, a work that she began in the year following their marriage. The pair often worked collaboratively on Shakespeare scholarship.
A very handsome edition.