SHAKESPEARE, WILLIAM. 1564-1616. The Works. Edited by Howard Staunton. London: George Routledge & Sons, 1881-1882.

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SHAKESPEARE, WILLIAM. 1564-1616.
The Works. Edited by Howard Staunton. London: George Routledge & Sons, 1881-1882.

Sold for US$ 10,075 inc. premium
SHAKESPEARE, WILLIAM. 1564-1616.
The Works. Edited by Howard Staunton. London: George Routledge & Sons, 1881-1882.
15 volumes bound in 39. large 8vo (265 x 185 mm). On thick paper, illustrated by John Gilbert, and profusely extra-illustrated with additional Shakespearean themed plates from other sources. A few leaves lightly toned and spotted. Contemporary green morocco gilt, by Ringer, spines gilt in 6 compartments, gilt dentelles, marbled endpapers, top edges gilt. Spines evenly faded to brown.
Provenance: James McCrea (bookplates).

A uniquely lavish "grangerized" 39 volume copy of Shakespeare's Works, being the 1881 15 volume library set (limited to 1000 copies), expanded into this 39 volume set. It is extra-illustrated with c.3000 engravings, dating from the 17th to the 19th century, many hand colored or on India paper mounted, albumen photographs reproducing scenes from plays, proof engravings on vellum, and 24 original unsigned watercolors of Shakespearean characters. The copy still retains the original limitation leaf "number 385 of 1000 copies."



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SHAKESPEARE, WILLIAM. 1564-1616. The Works. Edited by Howard Staunton. London: George Routledge & Sons, 1881-1882.
SHAKESPEARE, WILLIAM. 1564-1616. The Works. Edited by Howard Staunton. London: George Routledge & Sons, 1881-1882.
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