Publisher: London: Printed for J. Dodsley, Baker and Leigh, J. Walter, T. Cadell and J. Wilkie, 1769.
Edition: ?First edition.
Bibliographical References: Rothschild 1449; NCBEL II, 1597.
Condition: Endpapers a little darkened and stained; edges a little rubbed; very good copy.
Book ID: 28224
Description8vo, contemporary mottled calf, red morocco spine label, gilt rules and lettering.
CommentsA critical study of Shakespeare by 18th century literary hostess and famous "Blue-Stocking" Elizabeth Montagu (1718-1800). Her first and only book, it boldly took to task other prominent literary figures for what she thought was their inadequate appreciation of Shakespeare's originality and genius, among them Voltaire, Corneille and closer to home, Samuel Johnson. See Elizabeth Eger, “Out Rushed a Female to Protect the Bard," Huntington Library Quarterly, Vol. 65, for a fine analysis of how Elizabeth Montague and Elizabeth Griffith positively influenced 18th century Shakespearean criticism. Contemporary armorial bookplate of Westport House on the front paste-down. Later bookplate of Joseph A. Byrnes on the front free endpaper.