Oxford: Printed at the Theatre, 1743-1744.
Quarto. First edition of Hanmer's six volume set; first edition thus. Bound in contemporary speckled boards ruled in gilt, spines very neatly rebacked. Binding lightly rubbed and worn, though solid; corners softened and instances of leather lifting from boards. Previous ownership bookplates and notations to front endsheets. Spot of wear to bottom textblock edge of Volume VI. Light worming. Sir Thomas Hanmer, a British politician who served as Speaker of the House of Commons, based this set on Pope's 1725 edition. Though Hanmer's editorial treatment left some critics wanting, the merits of this edition were readily apparent in its stunning typography and 36 copper engravings by Francis Hayman and Hubert Gravelot. Originally printed in a small run, it proved to be very popular and commercially successful. Additionally, this Hanmer edition marked the first time Shakespeare's plays were printed at the University Press at Oxford. Item #140939665