Charles Knight (1791-1873) was a Victorian publisher and editor. His editions of Shakespeare were some of the most popular and widely distributed throughout the nineteenth century in England, the United States, and elsewhere. The "Imperial" edition was so named because it was printed on large, imperial size paper. Vol. II contains an interesting section with plays "ascribed" to Shakespeare as well as indexes to the plays and poems and a "brief notice of opinion" on the writings of Shakespeare. The volumes contain footnotes and fore notes to each play. Still an impressive collection of Shakespeare with great shelf presence.
Publisher: Virtue & Co.
Edition: Imperial edition
Date Published: nd. ca. 1870s
Place Published: London & New York
Condition: Very good
Dust Jacket: No
Jacket Condition: n/a
Details: 2 vols.: , 810; , 778 p. 2 frontispieces, 2 title page vignettes, and 37 plates. Half black leather with burgundy cloth. Gilt impressing and text block edges. Raised bands and gold impressing on spines. Fore-edges worn on vol. 2. Ink inscription on front endpapers. Occasional foxing. Rough edge to a tissue guard opposite Midsummer Night's Dream plate in vol. 1. Pages 95 to 107 + following plate are jutting out in vol. 2. Small tear at bottom of introduction in vol. 1.