Shakespeare, from an American Point of View; Including an Inquiry as to his Religious Faith, and his Knowledge of Law; With the Baconian Theory Considered. George Wilkes.

Shakespeare, from an American Point of View; Including an Inquiry as to his Religious Faith, and his Knowledge of Law; With the Baconian Theory Considered.

New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1877. First edition. 8vo, original violet cloth, ix, [3], 471, [1], [4] pages. Spine faded to tan, some general rubbing; a little light interior smudging and toning; a very good copy. Item #16702

A presentation copy, inscribed on the verso of the front free endpaper, "To Fred'k Billings Esq. With the compliments of Geo. Wilkes." From Wilkes (1817-1885), the American journalist and founder of the entertaining sporting newspapers the Police Gazette and the Spirit of the Times comes this anti-Baconian analysis of Shakespeare's life and writing; Wilkes argues in part for Shakespeare's supposed experience in a legal office and his Roman Catholic sympathies to argue against Bacon's authorship. (As noted in the editorial introduction to an extract from Wilkes published in the critical collection A Midsummer Night's Dream edited by Judith M. Kennedy and Richard F. Kennedy, Wilkes felt Shakespeare's Roman Catholic sympathies and anti-democratic tendencies made him something of a menace to American society.) See Jaggard, page 627, which notes the London edition of the same year.

Price: $100.00

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