An Index to the Remarkable Passages and Words Made use of by Shakspeare: Calculated to Point Out the Different Meanings to which the Words are Applied - Samuel AyscoughLondon: Printed for Thomas Tegg; J. Anderson, Edinburgh; R. Griffin and Co., Glasgow; J. Cumming, Dublin; M. Baudry, Paris; & A. M. Schlesinger, Berlin;, 1827, Hardback [½ Leather].
Condition: Very Good. A little rubbing to the spine ends and raised banks. Previous owners' name to the first blank. Pages lightly age-tanned.
2nd, revised and enlarged, edition.
From the cover: “This work is, in fact, calculated to serve as an Index to every edition of Shakspeare, there being but little difficulty in finding any passage, when the act and scene which contain it are known. It is, however, more especially intended to assist the reader in referring to the edition published, in 1823, by the Booksellers, which edition is contained in one octavo volume of 960 pages. In each column of that edition there are seventy lines. The reader will please to observe, that a verse which is too long to be confined within the widtli of the column, and consequently turns over, is reckoned as two lines; but that stage directions, entrances, exits, &c. are not taken into the reckoning. The lines in that edition not being numbered, it has, in this Index, in order to save as much as possible the trouble of counting from the top, been thought proper to recommence the series of numbers whenever a new act or scene occurs; so that line one, two, &c. will sometimes be found to occur twice or thrice in the same column. Thus, for instance, in “Antony and Cleopatra”, page 743, the verses, As if the world should cleave, &c. — “How now, friend Eros?” — and, “Contemning Rome, he has done all this”, &c., would all be referred to as line one, column one; the last two being the first lines of scenes five and six. By this means, it is obvious that, in many cases, the search of the inquirer is much facilitated, as he has not uniformly to count from the top, to find a line which, perhaps, is at the bottom of the page.”