Good to Very Good / Good. Item #7248
Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1965 reprint. Octavo; Vol I xliv + 388pp, Vol II x + 557pp; Vol III 518pp; Vol IV 467pp, including appendices and multi-volume indexes. Each volume with B&W documentary frontispiece; 10 additional diagrams and documentary reproductions among the four volumes. Dust jacket extant only for Vol II, in standard Oxford pale gray-blue. Volumes in carmine red buckram with gilt spine lettering.
All spine crowns and feet nudged by normal usage. Vol I shows signs of a past damp or glue adherence of now-missing dust jacket at spine foot and front panel bottom edge. Vol II jacket is tanned, chipped, and flaked at edges, now protected in mylar; binding very clean; “English Common Room” stamped in pale red ink on textblock edges. Vol III binding very clean. Vol IV shows two small stains on front panel lower right edge. All four textblocks unmarred and unmarked.
E.K. Chambers's volumes remain authoritative and radically useful 100 years after their first publication: a judicious and lucid compilation of all the facts on which later Shakespearean and Elizabethan stage scholarship has been built ever since, even when certain details and factoids have been revised by new documentary findings.