London: Oxford University Press, 1927, 1930, 1929, 1930. 5 volumes in 4. 8vo. vii, [iii], 29; [iv], 31-55, , 59-70; [iv], 71-171, ; xiii, [i], 171-201,  pp. FIRST EDITION. Title and half-title to each volume. Cloth-backed boards with paper labels; an uncut copy. Item #12033
First edition of Volumes 1 & 5, first edition, second impression of Volumes 2, 3, & 4. Includes The influence of the audience on Shakespeare’s drama and A critical introduction to Keats, but what is most fascinating about this work is Bridges’ unwavering dedication to his colourful ideas about the English language. Volume 1 includes a Preface on the phonetic spelling, explaining his latest experiment in the English language, where he develops a scheme for a complete spelling reform. He includes a key and explanation of these new spellings, and even includes a list of brand new symbols of his invention, all of which is used throughout all volumes of this work. Truly a delight to read for scholars of modern day phonetics and historical linguistics.