The seventh of the thirteen volume collection of Shakespeare's works published by Bradbury, Agnew, & Co. in London ("The Handy-Volume"). The pocket-sized design reflects the influence that Shakespeare's works had on the collective conscience of England and the wider world. To have the bard's words accessible became desirable for the general public instead of them only being accessible to the upper class. Therefore, pocket-sized editions of Shakespeare began to gain in popularity.
This book has an impressive hand-drawn illustration on the fore-edge of a woman in Classical era clothing which can be seen by gently bending the pages height-wise towards the back cover.
The Handy-Volume Shakspeare. AbeBooks.com. Accessed October 27, 2020. https://www.abebooks.com/servlet/BookDetailsPL?bi=30301049132.