AYSCOUGH, Rev. Samuel. An Index to the Remarkable Passages and Words made use of by Shakespeare, calculated to point out the different meanings to which the words are applied.

London, Printed for John Stockdale, 1790.


FIRST EDITION, pp. 1752. Contemporary calf over boards with blind-tooled panelled geometries along margins, later re-backed in matching calf with 5 raised bands. Red morocco label with gilt lettering to spine. Some occasional light spotting throughout. Text crisp, fresh and clean. Text block and binding tight. Rubbed on covers. An excellent copy.

Ayscough’s Index was a speculation of the publisher Stockdale, who printed the Dramatic Works of Shakespeare. In this compilation the words are arranged alphabetically with the lines in which they occur, then the name of the play, and in five separate columns the act, scene, page, column, and line. The last three refer only to the edition of 1790, but the index may be used with any other text.

ESTC N7341