Yesterday a friend and I checked out an antique shop near her home. I found two volumes of The Plays and Poems of Shakespere, Vols 12 (Antony and Cleopatra & Cymbeline) & 14 (Hamlet & Othello) from 1853! Woo Hoo !
BUT...and there is always a BUT...they are both missing the front and back covers :(
BUT...they were cheap and in remarkably good condition :)
So as a Civil War re-enator...I can always say the soldiers tore the covers off as I seemed to treasure these books so much as they went about ransacking my home!
Plus I hope to make some new covers as I'm going to participate in an antebellum event in March and I can read from them in the afternoon while the other ladies are sewing or some such things.