2 DECEMBER 1865, Page 22

The Plays of Shakespeare. Edited by Charles and Mary Cowden

Clarke. VoL L Comedies. (Cassell.)—This is a very cheap edition of Shakespeare, and the type and paper are all that can be expeeted for the price. The editors' name, too, is a guarantee that their part of the work is well done. But we cannot say much for the illustrations. There are plenty of them, tind there is great melodramatic effort about them, and perhaps people who have not thought much about Shakespeare's characters may like them, but any one who has figured to himself an Olivia, a Viola, or a Portia, or even an Audrey or a Launcelot, will be woefully disappointed.