SHAKESPEARE, WILLIAM. 1564-1616. SEYMOUR, ROBERT. 1798-1836. ILLUSTRATOR. New readings of Old Authors: Shakespeare. London: E. Wilson & Charles Tilt, 1830-1835.

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SHAKESPEARE, WILLIAM. 1564-1616.
SEYMOUR, ROBERT. 1798-1836. ILLUSTRATOR.
New readings of Old Authors: Shakespeare. London: E. Wilson & Charles Tilt, 1830-1835.

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SHAKESPEARE, WILLIAM. 1564-1616.
SEYMOUR, ROBERT. 1798-1836. ILLUSTRATOR. New readings of Old Authors: Shakespeare. London: E. Wilson & Charles Tilt, 1830-1835.
25 volumes. 12mo (144 x 89 mm). 250 hand-colored lithographic plates with captions taken from Shakespeare's works. 20th century red polished calf, gilt titles, spines with two raised bands, marbled endpapers, top edges gilt, in cloth slipcase. Spines rubbed, some chips to corners, Loves Labour Lost with upper cover detached.

Each of Shakespeare's dramatic works is condensed into a series of 10 quotations from the works illustrated satirically by Seymour. Seymour was a talented artist who exhibited at the Royal Academy at the age of 24, and rapidly became one of the most celebrated British satirical artists while working for the magazine Figaro in London. His employment there ended in conflict with the editor, Gilbert a Beckett, who slandered him publicly. That, combined with a disastrous partnership with Charles Dickens, in which the two men argued over the early development of what would become The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club, led Seymour to commit suicide at the age of 38.
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