SHAKESPEARE, William. The Plays...with the Corrections and Illustrations of Various Commentators; to which are added Notes by Sam. Johnson. London: For J. and R. Tonson [and others], 1765. 8 volumes. 8vo (198 x 121mm.). Engraved portrait of Shakespeare after Vertue in volume I, half-titles in volumes II-VIII, all leaves listed as cancels by Chapman and Hazen uncancelled in this copy.
Contemporary sprinkled calf, spines ruled in gilt, red morocco lettering pieces, double gilt fillet round sides (a few volumes very lightly rubbed. Provenance: John Pollexfen Bastard (1756-1816), notable Devon parliamentarian (armorial bookplate). FIRST EDITION OF JOHNSON'S RECENSION. Courtney and Nicol Smith 107; Chapman and Hazen pp.146-147.