SHAKESPEARE, WILLIAM. 1564-1616. GRANVILLE, GEORGE. 1666-1735. Editor. The Jew of Venice. A Comedy. London: Printed for Ber[nard] Lintott, 1701.

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SHAKESPEARE, WILLIAM. 1564-1616.
GRANVILLE, GEORGE. 1666-1735. Editor.
The Jew of Venice. A Comedy. London: Printed for Ber[nard] Lintott, 1701.

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SHAKESPEARE, WILLIAM. 1564-1616.
GRANVILLE, GEORGE. 1666-1735. Editor. The Jew of Venice. A Comedy. London: Printed for Ber[nard] Lintott, 1701.
4to (219 x 160 mm). Half title. Modern blue-gray boards. Upper cover detached, slight browning and foxing, worming at bottom margin.
Provenance: Arthur A. Houghton, Jr. (offsetting from bookplate visible on half-title; his sale, Christie's London, June 14, 1979, lot 233).

FIRST EDITION OF GRANVILLE'S ADAPTATION of Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice. George Granville, Baron Lansdowne, was an English politician who served in both the House of Commons and House of Lords (after being raised to the peerage), and as Secretary of War. He wrote poetry and drama in the vein of his friend, John Dryden. His adaptation of The Merchant of Venice omits nearly all of the second act from the original. Pforzheimer 916; Jaggard p 394; Nicoll II, p 333.
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SHAKESPEARE, WILLIAM. 1564-1616. GRANVILLE, GEORGE. 1666-1735. Editor. The Jew of Venice. A Comedy. London: Printed for Ber[nard] Lintott, 1701.
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