It has that super thin, what I call "Bible paper" that adds to the atmosphere of the book. Helpful translations of words that are no longer in common use listed on the outside of the page, line numbers by the 5 on the inside. Footnotes are also provided about historical details. I purchased this as a required text for a university course. My prof has used the first edition, and now the second in teaching the course and believes this is the "ultimate" Shakespeare compilation. The intro essays before each play are also enlightening, although they can change your read of the play (for example, in Antony and Cleopatra, the author really turns up her riggish-ness, when in reality, Shakespeare turned it down). The picture of the product is a bit misleading, it does come with a dustcover that mirrors the hard outside sleeve. This is one textbook I won't be re-selling!
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