Oxford, Boston, & New York: Printed at the Shakespeare Head Press for Basil Blackwell and Houghton Mifflin, 1931-1938.
Hardcover. Very good. Edited by Thomas J. Wise and John Alexander Symington. Large paper edition, 6.25 x 9.5 inches, illustrated, uniformly bound in blue-green paper boards and black cloth spines with brown leather labels. Title pages printed in red and black. Some volumes with rubbing or light bumping to corners, occasional scuff marks. Internals quite sound and clean. The eleven volumes of the novels (a complete set unto themselves, including Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights, Shirley, Villette, Agnes Grey, The Professor, and The Tennant of Wildfel Hall) are numbered 113 out of a total of 1000 sets produced, with 500 being offered on the American market. These were published in 1931. The other 6 volumes included here were published in the period 1933-1938, the "Lives" in an edition of 750, and each of the volumes of poetry in an edition of 500. The Shakespeare Head Press was founded by Arthur Bullen in Stratford-on-Avon in 1904 for the express purpose of printing a complete, fine-press edition of Shakespeare's works in the author's home town. New, high quality editions of many other major British authors followed.