The Cambridge Shakespeare Wright Macmillan 1863-1893

The Works of William Shakespeare The Cambridge Shakespeare

Edited By William Aldis Wright

Published by Macmillan and Co. London and New York

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The Cambridge Shakespeare was published in nine volumes between 1863 and 1893. Its careful editorial principles, attractive page design and elegant typography have withstood the test of time. This text was based on a thorough collation of the four Folios and of all the Quarto editions of the separate plays, the base text being the 1623 Folio. The critical apparatus appears at the foot of the page, but for passages where the Quarto differs significantly the entire Quarto text appears in small type after the received text. Notes at the end of each play explain variants, emendations, and passages of unusual difficulty or interest. Grammar and metre were generally left unchanged by the editors, but punctuation was normalised and nineteenth-century orthography was adopted instead of the variable Elizabethan spelling. In a bold move for a Victorian edition, the editors restored various ‘profane’ expressions where metre or sense demanded it.

  • Volume 1: The Tempest; The Two Gentlemen of Verona; The Merry Wives Of Windsor; Measure For Measure; The Comedy Of Errors
  • Volume 2: Much Ado About Nothing; Love’s Labour’s Lost; A Midsummer Night’s Dream; The Merchant of Venice; As You Like It
  • Volume 3: The Taming of the Shrew; All’s Well That Ends Well; Twelfth Night, or What You Will; The Winter’s Tale
  • Volume 4: King John; King Richard II; King Henry IV, Part I; King Henry IV, Part II; King Henry V
  • Volume 5: King Henry VI, Part I; King Henry VI, Part II; King Henry VI, Part III; King Richard III; King Henry VIII
  • Volume 6: Troilus and Cressida; Coriolanus; Titus Andronicus; Romeo and Juliet
  • Volume 7: Timon of Athens; Julius Caesar; Macbeth; Hamlet
  • Volume 8: King Lear; Othello; Antony and Cleopatra; Cymbeline
  • Volume 9: Pericles; Venus and Adonis; The Rape of Lucrece; Sonnets; A Lover’s Complaint; The Passionate Pilgrim; The Phoenix And Turtle. Also Reprints: The Merry Wives Of Windsor; The Chronicle Historie of Henry the Fift; The Firts Part of the Contention; The True Tragedie; Notes To The True Tragedie; Romeo and Juliet; Hamlet; Additions and Corrections.

The 9 Volume Cambridge Shakespeare can be found in Full Leather, Half Leather and Cloth Covers.

There was also available a 40 volume complete Limited Edition of 500 copies on hand made paper.

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4 thoughts on “The Cambridge Shakespeare Wright Macmillan 1863-1893

  1. I have the 1864 Globe Edition, The Works of Shakespeare.
    It’s the Cambridge University Press, C.J Clay, M.A & Son.
    I can’t find any history other than a few lines in reference to this book which I have gladly lugged around for the past 20+ years. Does the University still hold this book within their library/ museum?

    1. Sorry I don’t have any further information on this edition and no contact with the University

  2. Hi
    I have a brown linen bound book entitled “The Cambridge Shakespeare” “The Comedy or Errors”. From stamp and stickers inside the front cover it appears to be an ex library book from the library of the paper makers James Spicer & Sons Ltd, Eltham for whom my deceased mother worked, probably around the 1930’s. The detail on the title page reads “The Works of William Shakespeare, Edited by William Aldis Wright, Volume V. The Comedy of Errors, London MacMillan & Co and New York 1893, All Rights reserved.” The following page states “Five hundred copies of this edition on handmade paper were printed in 1893, Cambridge: Printed by C.J. Clay, M.A. & Sons, At the University Press.” The next page states “NOTE. The Comedy of Errors appeared for the first time in the First Folio.” The title of the play is on page 1 and the text of the play runs to 80 pages. The outside cover is obviously faded and is a small tear in the linen on the spine. The first couple of blank pages and a couple more blank pages at the back are browned but the book otherwise appears to me be in good condition for its age. I am trying to ascertain if this book is of any particular value and would appreciate any comments or advice you can provide in this respect. Look forward to hearing from you.
    Kind regards
    Malcolm Nash

    1. Sadly this volume would only be of value to someone who is missing this individual volume from the entire set.

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