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The Dramatic Works of Shakspeare. Revised by George Steevens.
London: John and Josiah Boydell, 1802. 9 volume set, 17 inches tall. A magnificent full Georgian morocco binding with wide gilt raised bands, splendid gilt tooling in the panels and on the boards, typical of the period. Gilt dentelles and all edges. With the armorial bookplate of Charles Augustus Wild. Most unusually there is absolutely no splitting to the joints, no repairs and no loss. There are dents and abrasions to the boards but overall a spectacularly fine copy. Embellished with 95 engraved tissue guarded plates, making a total of 97 with the portraits. There is a degree of foxing to the plates, as usual. "A Magnificent national edition, in which splendour of production was to go hand in hand with correctness of text" Updike.More details Price: £14,000.00
The Dramatick Writings.
London: John Bell, 1785-1788. 38 volumes, 5.5 inches tall. Full straight grain dark blue morocco with gilt bands, titles, dentelles and all edges. Tiffany bookplates. Some slight foxing to the plates but generally very clean. Engraved frontispieces, title pages and plates throughout. Although this celebrated Bell's Edition first appeared in 38 volumes it is very unusual to find it in this form, with each volume bound individually, rather than with every 2 or 3 volumes bound together. There is no splitting or loss at all. An absolutely exceptional set.More details Price: £6,000.00
London: Essex House, 1899. Full morocco, 9 inches tall. The poems of William Shakespeare according to the text of the earliest editions. Arranged, and collated with the originals by F.S. Ellis, and printed at the Essex House Press, under the care of C.R. Ashbee. Superbly printed in black with red headings on handmade paper. The Flat back spine and boards have superb gilt tooling in the finest 'arts and crafts' manner. Gilt dentelles and all edges. There are two ink inscription on the first blank. Elaborate initials throughout and one fine full page illustration of Venus and Adonis. Number 258 of 450 copies. Within a year of William Morris's death the Kelmscott Press closed and several of the key…(more)
London: Essex House, 1899. Full morocco, 9 inches tall. The poems of William Shakespeare according to the text of the earliest editions. Arranged, and collated with the originals by F.S. Ellis, and printed at the Essex House Press, under the care of C.R. Ashbee. Superbly printed in black with red headings on handmade paper. The Flat back spine and boards have superb gilt tooling in the finest 'arts and crafts' manner. Gilt dentelles and all edges. There are two ink inscription on the first blank. Elaborate initials throughout and one fine full page illustration of Venus and Adonis. Number 258 of 450 copies. Within a year of William Morris's death the Kelmscott Press closed and several of the key designers under Ashbee moved to create the Essex House Press and retained much of the former's style of printing and binding.(less)More details Price: £2,800.00
The Plays of Shakspere.
London: John Bell, c.1810. 38 volume set, 6 1/2 inches tall. A remarkable complete set bound in Regency half red straight grain morocco with gilt and blind bands and very fine and ornate centre tooling. With the bookplate of J. Gotterson, dated 1817. There is also another previous owner's name, in ink, dated 1907, on the first blank. This set has the 74 plates called for and has been extra illustrated with a further 97 plates. All the volumes show signs of wear, in particular volume I, there is foxing around many plates and a few loose signatures, but there is no splitting or loss and this edition of Shakespeare's Plays is very scarce in 38 volumes.More details Price: £2,500.00
London: Charles Knight, 1842. 8 volume set, 9.5 inches tall. A stunning extra gilt full morocco with gilt raised bands, fine gilt tooled panels and spectacular gilt tooling to the boards. Gilt dentelles and all edges. Armorial bookplate. Occasional abrasions. A splendid set of this celebrated edition which is illustrated throughout.More details Price: £1,450.00
The Works of William Shakespeare
London: Chapman & Hall, 1866. 9 volume set, 8.75 inches tall. An exceptionally handsome set in full red morocco with gilt raised bands, gilt titles, panels and all edges. the boards are framed with gilt and blind tooling. With the Royal cipher of Marie Therese. A fine copy of the celebrated Dyce edition of the Complete Works of England's greatest playwright.More details Price: £1,400.00
The Complete Works of Shakespeare.
London: London Printing and Publishing Company, c 1870. 3 volume set, 11 inches tall. Sparkling full morocco with gilt raised bands and superb gilt tooling to the panels and boards. Gilt dentelles and all edges. With Splendid vignettes and full page illustrations by Kenny Meadows. A pristine set of this entertaining edition.More details Price: £1,250.00
The Plays of Shakespeare.
LONDON: Cassell, Petter and Galpin, c.1870. 3 volume set, 10.5 inches tall. A very handsome set with gilt raised bands, twin labels and ornate gilt 'theatrical' centre tools. A gilt prize block on the upper boards and an ink prize inscription on the first blank. Illustrated throughout. A splendid set.More details Price: £900.00
London: Routledge, 1858. 3 volume set, 10 inches tall. A splendid full hard grain morocco with raised bands, finely gilt panels and elegant gilt tooling to the boards. Gilt dentelles and all edges. Edited by Howard Staunton and illustrated with engravings by John Gilbert. Slightly rubbed but overall a super copy of this celebrated edition.More details Price: £850.00
The Complete Works of William Shakspeare.
London: Scott, Webster, & Geary, n.d., c. 1845. 2 volume set, 9 1/2 inches tall. A splendid early Victorian full hard grain morocco with gilt raised bands, charming floral gilt tooling to the panels and magnificent and very elaborate extra gilt tooling to the boards. Gilt dentelles and all edges. Engraved portrait and forty engraved plates. Slight fading to the spines and a little foxing, otherwise a superb set which includes the sonnets.More details Price: £700.00
The Dramatic Works of William Shakspeare. With a Life, and Glossary. And 53 illustrations.
London: Charles Tilt, c 1840. 8 volume set, 4 inches tall. Full morocco with gilt panels, gilt blocks to the boards and all edges gilt. A charming little set with a few small nicks to head and tail caps, otherwise in pristine condition.More details Price: £650.00
Aphorisms from Shakespeare; Arranged according to the plays, &. With a Preface and Notes;
London: Longman et al., Printed by Gedge and Barker, Bury, 1812. Full calf. 5.75 inches tall. A fine example of this curious and rare title. With gilt raised bands, extra gilt panels, dentelles and all edges. Portrait of Shakespeare. Not signed but bound by Clarke and Bedford toward the end of the Victorian era. Expert repair to the top corner of the title page and slight stain to upper board, but overall a splendid copy.More details Price: £400.00
Portland, Maine: Thomas B. Mosher, 1907. Full morocco, 7 inches tall. A fine binding for Hatchards of Piccadilly with raised bands and neat and simple gilt tools framing the panels and boards, Blind 'strapping' around the bands and onto the boards. Gilt title on the upper board. Handmade paper with a gilt top edge and other edges left untrimmed. The bookplate of Gwendolyn Field and a neat ink inscription, dated 1918, on the first blank. The spine is faded though still bright. A lovely copy of this fine edition of Shakespeare's Sonnets.More details Price: £280.00
The Boudoir Shakespeare
London: Sampson Low, Marston, Searle, & Rivington, 1876. 2 volumes bound in 1, 7 inches tall. Half crushed morocco by H. Wood with raised bands and gilt centre tools and top edge. A scarce and curious edition 'Freed from all objectionable matter, and altogether free from notes' allowing it to be read aloud! 2 volumes, comprising 'Cymbeline'; 'Merchant of Venice', 'As You Like It'; 'King Lear'; 'Much Ado About Nothing'; 'Romeo And Juliet'; Twelfth Night'; 'King John'. Foxing to the preliminaries and a small stain in the top corner affecting the last two plays not touching the text.More details Price: £150.00